Behind the Mask: the unseen side of umpiring is a podcast about the parts of umpiring that the public doesn’t see. It’s a peek behind the scenes; an opportunity to see and understand the day-to-day life of a softball umpire.
Umpires are the often-invisible part of a game. The people who are charged with managing and fairly administering the rules of a contest, who are on the field for every pitch, but are seldom seen. In fact, not receiving recognition, nor being remembered at a game, is often a goal of those who adorn the heather grey pants and (typically blue) polo shirts. Your brothers and sisters in blue know all too well the amount of time, energy, and effort that go into developing into a quality official.
Complete with tips, tricks, lessons learned, insights, and more, this show is designed to help you develop into the umpire that you want to be. Rob Watson from Central Illinois Softball Assigning shares his experience as an assignor and veteran high school, travel, and collegiate fastpitch softball umpire to help all umpires improve and hone their skills.