The 9 Questions

Here are the 9 Questions (one for each inning of a baseball game) we asked our 100 World-Class umpire mentors (plus a bonus, extra-inning question):

  1. What's the best thing about umpiring?

  2. What's the worst thing about umpiring, or the worst thing that happened to you while umpiring?

  3. What can I do to ensure a more consistent strike zone?

  4. What's the most important thing an umpire can do to improve?

   5. When you're having a bad game, what do you do to fix

        it?

   6. What's the hardest thing for an umpire to learn?

   7. What separates a good umpire from a great umpire?

   8. What's your favorite umpire-related story?

   9. What advice would you give to an umpire just starting

       out?

    BONUS: What's your definition of game management

    and why is it important?

What's your definition of game management and why is it important?