As a girl who grew up loving baseball, I always hoped I’d have boys one day so I could help coach their team. I started out as a dugout mom, team mom and then knew I had to coach. Finally I was given the chance and I had the opportunity to help coach my son from t-ball (ages 5-6) through pony baseball (ages 13-34). Some seasons were tough with dads who didn’t like a “girl teaching their son to play baseball” until they figured out I was good at what I did!
When my son made the high school team and I was through coaching, I decided to follow through with one more dream… umpiring baseball. At the age of 34, I inquired at a local park where my husband was umpiring and although they were a little skeptical, they let me go through the training clinics to try. I made sure that I knew all of the rules (to the point where I think I could recite them in my sleep!) and after my training, I was ready to go.