- May 27, 2022
Umps are getting plenty of pay. The average now is equaling about $40 hr. There needs to be other types of support and investment.
Youth sports is about $20 billion. Lots of money going around.
"plenty of pay"
USSSA: $50/game / 1.5 hr =$33/Hr
HS: $125/night / 4 hr = $31/Hr
Minus being there 30 minutes before
Minus physically limited to 4 games a day
Minus $500+ initial equip investment
Minus $100+ yearly equip investment
Minus $100 yearly USSSA registration
Minus $100 yearly HS registration
Minus time to training and studying and follow up
Minus travel to and from the park
Minus other opportunities we are missing (IE how much is it worth every time I have to convince my wife to mow the lawn 'cuz I am at a game)
Don't get me wrong - the money is nice to have, but I doubt that anyone in my area (with winter shut down) is making a living at it.
Personally, I don't do it for the money - I do it to support a sport I really enjoy and to pay back for the intrinsic value my daughters got out of it through their careers.