Just so everyone knows I sat in on a Conference meeting this week where it was decided by the highest levels of the organization to emphasize the existing code of conduct which I listed in this thread and the umpires have the full support of the organization, the UIC, and the directors to do what is necessary to keep control of the games and allow fair competition on the field to determine the outcome of games.
I offered to post the code on my websites and will be emailing the teams as well. I offered this because I felt it was only fair to give everyone a warning that the level of emphasis in enforcing the code of conduct is going to go up.
I liken it to the rule that was put in last year where a person can be ejected from the park for taking a game ball. If I had not posted that rule all over my websites then I don't think it would have been fair to eject a bunch of people for it. Same with the code of conduct. The code has existed before today and been enforced differently based on the umpires personality etc. And I am sure that will continue. Some umpires have different tolerance levels but I feel it is only fair to fore worn the teams and players that the level of enforcement will most likely go up from here on.
The two bench clearings the past two weekends, the damages to property, and the visible thrown bats, and F words on the live streams are most likely to blame. But it is what it is. I wouldn't have posted it if I didn't feel it wasn't going to be enforced more substantially and I felt it was fair to give warning.
Make of it what you all will. Hopefully given the warning the participants have an opportunity to curb some of the more ejectable stuff before anything has to happen.
This isn't the pro's. Umpires are paying money often to travel to events. They are not making hundreds of thousands of dollars like the professional referees do. So to subject them to what you see on TV may not be a great example but I do understand players deal with reacting to failure differently.
I was ejected twice as a manager in my 30 year softball career. You take your ejection and you move on. No big deal.