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2023 Jim Cregge Youth Umpire Program Accepting Applications
by posted 03/09/2023

The Jim Cregge Youth Umpire Program (JCYUP). is now accepting applications for the Spring 2023 season.

Have you noticed the teenagers who umpire the coach pitch leagues of 5U-8U? 

Hopewell employs young women and men aged 14 and up to be the umpires at Bell Memorial Park for boys and girls baseball.

We are looking for young men and women to fill a few open positions with us this Spring.

To be eligible, the candidate must be at least 14 years old as of the day they start umpiring, 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 until all positions have been filled.

New this year, we are allowing applicants to request age, or grade-based waivers. Applicants must justify why a waiver should apply to their sepcific situation. This is to encourage highly qualified individuals who have shown great improvement in their grades over the last few seasons, to apply.

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 8th grade up to rising 12th 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.

To earn a position, a candidate must complete the on-line application in a manner that encourages the interview panel to want a live interview. We will hire the best candidates that apply. Are you the best? APPLY HERE!!!

To apply, the young person (not Mom, not Dad) must complete the on-line registration process and populate all parent information. We have a strict rule that we will not communicate with a young person unless their parents are part of that communication. This is an advanced picture of the real world! If you are successful, this will lead 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 27th year of existence. Many past umpires have gone on to success in their professional lives, and many have come back to me to let Mr. Cregge 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 Juan Salas,

Hopewell Youth Baseball Board

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