Nobody knows the rules. The rules are hard – you don’t just know them by watching baseball your whole life. Or playing. So when we become unpires, we are often surprised right away at the rules. When i took my 1st on line umpire test – just something that I googled – and quit after 10 questions. My response was to make sure I got a rule book, found an umpire forum, and – pretty much every day since – tried to learn as much as I can. My motivation was simple – I don’t ever want to be embarassed out there.
Here’s all I say – too many of my bretheren do not feel the same way.