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Liz Hammerschmidt: Exploring Both Sides of the Mask with a Rising NCAA Softball Umpire

Since 2013, Big10 Crew Chief Elizabeth Hammerschmidt has been making her mark as a rising NCAA softball umpire. In this conversation Liz and I explore both sides of the mask—the games, the approach, Liz’s stories, her on-field experiences—but we also get to the heart of some challenges that Liz has faced balancing her personal life with her pursuit of umpiring, as well as the enjoyment she’s found bringing her family along for the ride.

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Jon Coney: A Public Service Mindset Powers One Softball Umpire

Do you view your umpire job as a PUBLIC SERVICE? Portland, Oregon softball umpire Jon Coney absolutely does. His clear-eyed view of WHY he volunteers as a Little League umpire is a great reminder of the many positive impacts—beyond just calling a good game—that a great umpire can make on a player’s experience.

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Daniel Mills: A Softball Umpire Finds Balance

Softball umpire Daniel Mills has an Umpire Superpower: BALANCE between having fun and doing what is within his power to make it fun for the players, coaches and families, and taking his job seriously. Daniel has got that balance nailed, and you are going to appreciate his very thoughtful approach toward attaining that balance as a Little League and high school softball umpire.

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