Here in the Midwestern United States, softball season is in full swing. In fact, I am playing in 2 leagues which occupies two nights per week. This makes keeping up with the blog somewhat difficult. But I figure that I should enjoy playing while I still can. However, if you are looking to make some extra money, want to enjoy the outdoors, and like softball, maybe becoming a softball umpire is just what could make you a grand per month.
When I was younger and my kids played soccer, I worked as a soccer referee. There is a fair amount of running involved, but it seems like being a softball umpire would be easier on my knees. I haven’t looked into the specifics of becoming a softball umpire, but it can’t be much different than my experience with soccer.
There are usually classes that will teach you many of the specific rules of the game after which you take a test in order to get licensed. A small investment for a uniform and equipment is all it will take to get up and running. Most sports officials are independent contractors and get paid per game.
In our church league, the umpires get paid $30 for about 1 hour and 20 minutes of work. We play all 7 innings and there is no time limit. Some of the games get done pretty quickly, but some take up to an hour and a half. However, the park league has a one hour time limit with run rules as well. I am sure that the park leagues in this area pay $20-$30 per game so that would be over the $15 per hour that we are targeting for our extra $1000 per month.
There are often weekend tournaments where it would be possible to do 8-10 games on a Saturday or Sunday. Do that just 2 weekends per month, and you can have your extra grand! It would be fairly easy to work out some evening and weekend umpiring in addition to a day job. So if you like the outdoors and softball, consider becoming a softball umpire to make some money in your spare time.