First Job Series: Kristina Dietrick
Referee/Umpire | City of Lansing
Age 16 | $10.00/game officiated
I was a referee and/or umpire for multiple sports— Little League baseball, T-ball, softball and basketball.
Why this job?
They came to me. Since I was an athlete in high school, they thought I would be interested and could handle the pressure.
Overall, it was a great experience. I never had problems with the kids, it was the parents. In fact, one basketball game a parent-coach came to the game intoxicated and the two teenage referees had to escort him out!
In order to be a referee/umpire, you need to have some very thick skin. It taught me not to take things personally when you are having to make tough decisions at work.
Show up early and do your best. Every job is an important job!