How Should the Ump have handled this?

OK, here’s the situation:

An 11U boys baseball game is going on.  Good game.  Late innings, score tied.  Close play on a steal at second.  Coach comes out to discuss the call.  Coach doesn’t raise his voice but the umpire must not have liked something he heard from the coach because he threatens to throw the coach out of the game.  Umpire throws the coach out and then declares the game over and leaves the field.  Both teams ask the ump to stay so they can finish the game but to no avail.

BTW, in case you’re wondering, the coach wasn’t me 🙂

What if anything would you do differently if you were the umpire?  Were the kids cheated out of a game?  Should an umpire be expected to handle a coach questioning a call without losing his cool?  Are there steps that should be taken before an umpire declares himself omnipotent and decides to end a game?

Any other “what would you do” topics, please go to “suggest your own topics” above.

Looking forward to your thoughts.

Coach Tony


5 Responses to “How Should the Ump have handled this?”

  1. 1 Joey Bagabaseballs.
    August 5, 2009 at 2:17 PM


    Without reading anymore into it i would have to say that the umpire in this case was not only wrong he or she should be properly reprimanded by the association he or she belongs to even if it is the proverbial slap on the wrists.If those add up you would hope there would be greater consequences . The kids are the ones who paid the price in this case.It is unacceptable by the one adult who is paid and therefore a professional whom is supposed to ensure that doesn’t happen walked off the field. The only time I would see an umpire doing so is if he or she felt threatened by the participants in a physical way.

    A possible soulition might be to see if there were any games to follwed or where on fields nearby had an umprie on the way or already there that would agree to take over for the AWOL ump.

  2. August 5, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    I tend to agree with what you said, Joey. I’m all for an umpire excercising his/her authority but to take a game away from a group of kids is like crying, “It’s my ball and I’m going home!”

    Doesn’t sound like this guy is cut out to be an umpire.

    Thanks for chiming in.

  3. 3 Willthethrill
    August 8, 2009 at 12:20 AM

    As a coach for three years now, I have realized that although many of the umps mean well, there are a few that seem to be woefully incompetent in the skill of umpiring but also somewhat lacking in general life skills. Some clearly are not up to the task of establishing and maintaining control of a situation that includes competitive coaches and crazy parents.

  4. 4 Gibb
    August 13, 2009 at 4:51 PM

    Great topic and input. We have all been there as players at different levels. A few questions – the age of the umpire, and experience level, time of day or night this play took place, number of umpires? The reason I ask – I have played with average to superior players (some who were pretty tough on umpires – myself included at times). The one thing we have had in common at one time or another is we have all reached a level of frustration, however you must maintain a level of professionalism for the best intereset of your team. No matter what the level, the unpire controls the game; made obvious by not being able to argue (basically question balls and strikes). I am sure umpires reach the same level of frustration just as often as ball players do – if not more. But you don’t quit!! Because you can’t quit, you are the boss, you control the game (pace, demeanor and many times the outcome). At the kids level you should be absolutely ashamed of yourself for pulling a stunt like this. This is the level of fundamentals, learning the game, learning from your mistakes; what kind of lesson is when you don’t get your way, or can’t handle the heat – you quit.

    PS – I love you coach Tony (who BTW – used to have some choice words for an ump or 2,3,4…)

  5. August 13, 2009 at 4:58 PM


    the umpire was a full blown adult (at least in age) and was a certified “patch” umpire. this was no child trying to make a few extra bucks. This was a typical 6pm weeknight game. the ump worked the game alone (not unusual)

    An umpire has every right to do whatever he has to in order to control the game.

    this slob simply lost his cool and rather than try to regain control of the game, he decided it would be easier to cry and go home.

    It was a disgrace and I was embarassed for this loser!

    PS I love you too

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