So you eat, sleep and drink baseball and you’ve decided this is the career for you. Although competition can be fierce, if you have the right combination of passion and dedication to the sport there are plenty of ways to work in the industry, which is why we have put together a handy list of ideas to get you started.
Fancy playing the big leagues?
Many players start their careers as members of their little league and high school teams, where they learn the fundamentals of the game and begin to foster their skills. Typically, players begin to gain notice from Major League Baseball franchises when they enter high school programs, though anyone who is not picked up by MLB at this point can go on to play collegiate baseball.
Practice is key to furthering a career on the MLB teams. If you have not yet been spotted or invited to join a camp, create a video of your highlights and send this to agents and managers with a resume showcasing your skills and reliability.
Or maybe you prefer coordinating the game…
Coaching is a hugely rewarding career which can take you from the high school leagues to the MLB. MLB teams carry between 5 to 10 assistant coaches including base coaches, bullpen coaches and hitting and pitting coaches, all of whom earn between $150,000 to $700,000 per season!
Coaching vacancies can also be hard to come by so get your foot in the door by volunteering at your local high school or college. Head to college to get a bachelor’s degree in sports management to get a great head start on coaching and improve your game strategy by regularly playing baseball to enrich your game tactics. Working as an assistant coach while you get your certification will provide you with invaluable experience for future games and help you to get a proven track record for wins, which is what all prospective teams will want to see on your resume.
How about enforcing the rules?
If you like to call the shots and know that the fate of the game rests in your hands, maybe being a baseball umpire is the route for you. To become a certified umpire, you need to enroll at umpire school where you will learn everything from rules to signalling and how to handle yourself on and off the field. After finishing the five-week course, top performing graduates are invited to attend the Minor League Baseball Advanced Course where they are monitored for potential selection to the Majors.
Or covering the game for the media?
If you have a passion for writing, becoming a sports journalist will enable you to cover the games. Set up your own blog and publish articles that you have written about your favorite teams. Perhaps include interviews with your local sports stars and reviews of recent games. Make sure you have a firm understanding of the rules of the game and betting rules so that you can cover the games from a wide range of perspectives.
Alternatively, you could think about becoming a sports analyst, otherwise known as a commentator. Practice by creating audio reels of yourself commentating games and listen back over them to identify where you can improve. Increase exposure by distributing your audio reels to local radio stations. You can also look for work experience at local stations to get yourself noticed.