Town To Force Parents To Suit Up As Umpires If They Argue Calls
We've had a lot of stories about people berating umpires and referees about a call that didn't go their team's way, and one New Jersey town has had enough.
Referees and umpires have been leaving in droves from youth sports because there has been a rise in abuse from parents.
Little League players in Deptford Township, New Jersey where two volunteers have quit in the last week, is the first to intact a new policy.
"They're coming here, they're being abused, they don't need that. So they're walking away," Deptford Township Little League President Don Bozzuffi told WPVI.
Deptford Township has created an innovative new solution to combat the trend. If a parent or spectator fights with an umpire, they have to leave, and may not return to the field until they volunteer to officiate three games.
"You’re not allowed to come onto our complex until you complete three umpire assignments. Once you do that, then we’ll let you come back," Bozzuffi explained.
"People are very comfortable making officials uncomfortable, so it's about time that we've reversed the trend and started making people uncomfortable who are harassing officials," said Brian Barlow, who founded Offside, a Facebook page that calls out bad behavior among youth sports parents.
Parents in the area are on board with the idea.
"If the parents are going to be sitting there, yelling the whole entire game, they might as well use that energy out on the field," Kateland Tokley told WPVI.
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