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What’s What: Announcers provide play-by-play commentaries during live baseball games for hometown audiences at local baseball fields and stadiums. They also relay starting lineups and in-game information. Competition is strong for these jobs even though it’s generally volunteer work with hours that include nights and weekends.
Amava Take: Nothing is more distinctive than the crack of a well-hit ball coming off the bat. If you love baseball and all of the sights and sounds that go with it, you’ll probably enjoy working in the announcer’s booth. To be an announcer, you’ll need a clear, distinctive speaking voice and a deep knowledge of the game. It also doesn’t hurt to be a local who is familiar with the league and its management.
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of people are they looking for?
People who are well-spoken, baseball enthusiasts who are also dependable, fair and polite.
What are the requirements?
Slots are limited and the competition is stiff so any background, degrees or certifications related to baseball will give you an edge.
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
Names can be tough to pronounce but it’s important to get it right, so get the list in advance and clear up any tongue-twisters.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the experience?
Getting to talk baseball to a captive audience is almost too good to be true.
What’s the downside?
Extra innings can be a drag on a Friday or Saturday night if I have plans.
What’s your most memorable experience?
I saw a grand slam so impressive, every single person in the park watched and cheered. We never did find the ball.
Special Requirements: Generally you must be over 18 and follow the requirements of the local organization, usually Little League, the American Legion and other sponsors of baseball leagues. Background checks and fingerprints are usually required.
Finding a Position: Most opportunities are going to be local and the first place to check is with your Little League. You can find your league on the National Little League site. Little League also has information on how to become an announcer. The American Legion also runs baseball teams in most communities and uses volunteer announcers. Here is how to find an American Legion Post in your area. Here is an article about how to be a good Little League announcer. There also might be announcement opportunities for other baseball leagues your town offers. Call your municipal recreation department or your town clerk and ask.