Unfortunately this is the part
of my position that I do not like to address. For the vast majority of
GBMSL Coaches, fans and parents the following does not apply. I regret to
say that for some it does apply. What I am referring to is the code of
conduct that needs to be followed by all. In the past 2 weeks there has
been a rash of unforgivable behavior by some coaches fans and parents
towards our Junior Umpires.
Some Junior Umpires have been
humiliated, berated and generally not treated with the respect they
deserve. Specific incidences of yelling, insinuated of bias towards a
certain team and questioning of their abilities has occurred. It is
mandatory that we as a league and responsible adults support our Junior
Umpires. Yes, they will make some errors, but guess what, so do we as
Our young players make
mistakes, but we do not humiliate them for an error. We clap and tell them
good try! Why would it be acceptable to humiliate a Junior Umpire for an
error? Bottom line, it is not! By allowing this to occur,
we as adults are setting a very poor example for our young players.
Essentially we are telling them that the Umpires are not to be respected.
I would ask, that if
anyone sees a Junior Umpire being treated unfairly, that they as an adult,
directly approach the Coach, fan or parent who is treating the Umpire
unfairly to sit down and be quiet. Simply remind them that they are
looking like fools and acting like a bully. We do not allow bullying in the
schoolyard, so we must not tolerate it on the field.
For the specific cases where I
have talked to the Junior Umps who have had this happen, I reminded them
they have the right to say the magic words, "Coach, you are ejected. Please
leave the diamond immediately." Lets not let it come to this, please help
to control the situation before it comes to this. I would ask the all
Community contacts forward this message to all of their Coaches and Junior
Umpires who are not on my mailing list.
Any questions or concerns please
contact me directly.
Umpire in Chief
In addition to Pat's comments
above, which I should emphasize the league strongly endorses, with the
upcoming tournaments approaching across the league please keep in mind-
"There will be zero tolerance for abuse of the above" So lets all get it
figured out NOW! I would also mention that Pat has touched on the Junior's
in our league, the same level respect should also be directed to our level 1
umpires as well. Remember, without them we cannot play our game!