Posted by Joe Hornstein on Mar 06 2013 at 04:00PM PST
Ejection from a game is totally avoidable.
In most cases a clear understanding of the rule book will prevent a coach from getting upset and losing control over the enforcement of the rules.
Mangers must understand they are the leader of their team and when they yell and scream at the umpire the children see that behavior and think it is acceptable. IT IS NOT!
If you as a manager feel you need to speak to an umpire ask for time-out and talk to (not yell at) the umpire. Speak to the umpire in the way you would like to be spoken to and do not try to show up or degrade him. That type of behavior will not only get you ejected but also makes the coach/manager look bad in the eyes of the spectators.
Umpires are not infallible and do make mistakes just like coaches do when they send a runner home when there is little chance of him scoring safely.
If you feel the umpire has misapplied the rules you may ask him to get help. The keyword here is ASK. In most cases, but not all, the umpire will discuss the situation with his partner and then make a final call. This does not mean he will change his call. It will depend on what his partner had seen as well as their combined knowledge of the rules as it pertains to this situation.
Managers/coaches that are ejected may not be replaced during the term of their suspension. The remaining manager/coach must remain in the dugout to supervise the players and will not be able to coach the bases. A Player will be utilized at that time to coach bases. The ejected manager/coach must leave the park and not return until after the game is completed.
According to Little League rules the manger is suspended from his/her next played game and may not be in attendance. Any manger/coach who refuses to leave the park or stays in the area of the game will have to report to the LLLL discipline committee prior to returning to his/her coaching duty.
The umpire does not care who wins the game. His only concern is that the game is played fairly and as safe as possible.
The umpire is a volunteer just like everyone involved with LLLL.
In many cases the umpire does not have any children in the league and there to help the children of the community.
REMEMBER, IT'S A GAME FOR THE KIDS,
not a personal battle between coaches.
PLEASE READ YOUR RULE BOOK AND ATTEND THE RULES CLINICS OFFERED SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR.
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