West Seattleite who’s now regional Umpire-In-Chief makes the call: More umps needed!

Are you a decisionmaker? Stickler for the rules? Love sports? We might just have the perfect part-time gig for you. A West Seattleite is now our region’s softball Umpire-In-Chief – and shared the announcement, including a recruiting call (they’ll train you!):

West Seattle’s Kayleen Dunson has been appointed the softball Umpire In Chief (UIC) for the entire Seattle-Tacoma region. It’s her job to train the nearly 200 softball umpires in our area who serve both fast pitch and slow pitch leagues. And she’s looking for more umpires to train!

You may have seen Kayleen umpire games at all the local high schools including Seattle Lutheran, West Seattle High, and Chief Sealth, as well as the West Seattle Girls teams that play at Lincoln Park and Fairmount, and the Co-Ed adult slowpitch leagues at Delridge Community Center, and elsewhere.

Kayleen also umpires college softball, including community colleges, and Division III, II and I schools.

“I love umpiring,” Kayleen said. “Not only is it the perfect way to stay involved in the sport I love, but I also see it as my opportunity to give back to a community that I love. Also, it’s a great way to make a little extra money. You get to set your own schedule, work as much or as little as you want, and the training is free – no experience necessary,” she added.

Training sessions for the 2013 season start January 28. All training sessions include both classroom and hands-on experiences to make sure umpires are ready to get out on the field. There’s lots of information at the Seattle Metro Softball Umpires Association (SMSUA) website. Or feel free to contact Kayleen here: umpkayleen@outlook.com.

“We’re hoping to train about 40 new umpires this year and I would love to see some friendly, familiar, West Seattle faces in the crowd.”

3 Replies to "West Seattleite who's now regional Umpire-In-Chief makes the call: More umps needed!"

  • Jana January 3, 2013 (11:15 am)

    Anyone would be lucky to work with Kayleen. She is very kind and knows how to have fun.

  • Kevin January 3, 2013 (2:48 pm)

    Nicely done getting the word out there to
    encourage others to give it a try.

    Just one night a week and a some weekends
    will set your foundation and get you started
    on an exciting, rewarding and enjoyable experience.

    As for Kayleen, she’s a dandy of a person too.

  • Dave January 3, 2013 (4:07 pm)

    Been an umpire for over 40 years in all 4 major sports. Love what I do, every day. Worked many different games with Kayleen. She is an exceptional umpire and will be an outstanding Umpire in Chief. If you enjoy sports, this is a great way to stay involved.

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