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Umpire Interaction

BPALL Guidelines

BPALL has a zero tolerance policy for behavior that is disrespectful, discourteous, or may in any way be construed as intimidating towards its umpires. With this policy, we hope to maintain an environment in BPALL that is both umpire-friendly and that teaches our players respect for those in positions of authority. Violations of this policy will result in appropriate disciplinary actions.

Players, coaches, and fans should understand that any critical behavior towards umpires will not be tolerated in BPALL. Basically, we want every coach and parent to treat the umpire the way they would want to be treated if it was their son or daughter that was the umpire. It is far more productive for a player, coach, or team to react to disadvantageous umpire calls by focusing on how to overcome those bad breaks, rather than focusing on the umpire who is just doing the best that he/she can.

Our umpire crew is comprised of adult volunteers, and paid adults and youths between the ages of 12 years old and up. Our youth umpire program is an important part of our mission to provide our kids with a positive environment to grow and learn through sports. All our umpires must feel they are safe and protected.

PARENT Interaction with Umpires

Parents should enter every game with the understanding that at least one bad call will likely be made and that some of those calls could influence the outcome of the game. Even in the professional umpire ranks, including the World Series, critical calls are missed. It happens. But, over the course of a season, these calls tend to even out. 

As a spectator, your code of conduct regarding umpires is simple: Never openly or directly question an umpire or his/her calls during or after games. Questions are to be directed to your coach after play. And always treat the umpire with dignity and respect. It’s a tough job. Be grateful for their courage and service. 

COACH Interaction with Umpires

Understand that your actions on the field are on vivid display for parents and players alike. As a BPALL coach, you have an obligation to demonstrate the highest standard of behavior. Any and all communications with umpires should be done in a respectful and tone-sensitive manner.

Coaches are also expected to exercise control over their players and influence over parents. Failure to be proactive in this regard will place coaches at disciplinary risk. It is understood that coaches are not the keepers of other adults. But you are invested with the authority to align parents/guests with the governing BPALL principles of respect and humanity. So let’s keep those bleacher-creatures in high but proper spirits. 

  • Judgment calls by an umpire can NEVER be questioned.
  • Interpretations of a rule may be questioned, but only in a quiet and respectful way by requesting to approach the umpire. For example, a coach MAY discuss the proper penalty for an interference call because Little League International offers clear guidelines—it is not up to umpire discretion. However, the umpire's judgment to call interference MAY NOT be challenged. 
  • When a call is in question, always speak directly to the umpire who made the call. You may not demand that an umpire seek help from another umpire. Umpires cannot overrule each other. They may, at their discretion, consult with another umpire for help.
  • Shouting across the field at an umpire is not acceptable. Shouting can be construed as hostile, even if the intention is just to be heard. Rather, request a time-out to approach the umpire and discuss the situation in a respectful and conversational manner. When engaging a youth umpire, be especially deferential. 

Any questions or concerning a BPALL umpire should be submitted to Ramesh Raghupathi at [email protected].

Berwyn Paoli Area Little League

PO Box 473 
Paoli, Pennsylvania 19301
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