Many of you know me as the Director of Parks and Recreation in the City of Milton, but this is not about a City activity.
This is about the Hopewell Youth Association – YOUTH UMPIRE PROGRAM (YUP) which I have run for the last 24
Have you noticed the teenagers who umpire the coach pitch leagues of 5U, 6U and 8U? We use young women and men
aged 14 and up to be the umpires at Bell Memorial Park for boys baseball and at North Park where they play girls
I run the Youth Umpire Program at both parks and we are looking for young men and women to start with us this fall.
To be eligible, the candidate must be at least 14 years old as of September 1, 2019, must have a minimum of a B
average with no more than 1 C, and of course, must have the approval of the parents. We will be taking applications
through July 7, 2019.
I am asking all of you who receive this to consider if you, or your son or daughter might be a candidate and to also
send this on to others you may know. Knowledge of Baseball and Softball is important but we do offer training and
we are looking for a diverse group of talented young people from a diverse background. Our most recent leaders
have had a background in golf, swimming, wrestling, theater, band, orchestra, chorus, track, rugby and that “cirque”
thing that they do at Milton High School where young people hang upside down (frightens me!). . Previous
baseball/softball experience helps but is not mandatory. Our teen supervisors for next season are committed to
helping train young people from rising 8 th grade up to rising 12 th grade. Put simply, if you are a hard worker and
committed to learning how to do a job – you are eligible.
The youth umpire program is intended to be a first job for a young person. We teach umpiring, but we also teach life
skills such as how to be an employee, time management, teamwork, professional communication, conflict resolution
and other life skills.
This is a paid position with advancement opportunities.
I want to be clear on two points: As I have said earlier, some people may be aware that I am the Director of Parks
and Recreation in the City of Milton. This is not a City job. I have been with the City for 7 years but this is my 25th
year running this program. I do this as a volunteer and I have never taken a penny from the program. The second
point is that because of my position as a City of Milton employee and my community activities, some people may
suspect that I give preferential treatment to friends or the teenagers of friends. Sorry but it doesn’t work that way. I
have no use for nepotism. To earn a position, a candidate must complete a written application in a manner that
encourages the interview panel to want a live interview. And the live interview has multiple members and I get one
vote, just like every other member. Not “knowing me” is not a disadvantage just as being my friend since you were
born does not “give you a leg up”. We simply hire the best candidates that apply. Are you the best? APPLY!!!
To apply, the young person (not Mom, not Dad) must send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an
application and they must copy their parents on the email to me. I have a strict rule that I will not communicate
with a young person unless their parents are part of that communication. This is an advanced picture of the real
world! There is a written application, which if you are successful, leads to a live interview before a panel of people,
which if you are successful, earns you a job. This process shows a young person a picture of their future - competing
for college admission, scholarships and jobs. Historically, 1 in 4 applicants are successful.
This program is starting the 25th year of existence. Many past umpires have gone on to success in their professional
lives, and many have come back to me to let me know the advantage they had a little later in life because of the
training they received from the youth umpire program.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com or call me at 770-843-9966.
14U Hopewell Hawks, Gold Div GS Homerun Derby Tournament Champs!
Welcome to the Hopewell Youth Association, the Volunteer run baseball provider to the City of Milton. HYA has provided youth baseball in this community for over 30 years. We strive to bring families and the community closer together through the great game of baseball. Although we are a baseball organization, our goal is to provide much more to the families and community we serve. Baseball is a game that has brought mothers and fathers and their children to their front yards for a game of catch for over 150 years. During that same time, it brought neighborhoods of kids to the street, park or same front yard for sandlot games. This unique quality of bringing families and communities together is one that we foster and celebrate, while teaching the children valuable life lessons along the way. The end result is great family members, teammates, students, players and people. So grab a glove and take your son or daughter out front for a game of catch. You won't regret it. We will see you at the park soon!
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