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Re: Code of conduct enforcement is 100% on the umpires.
Here's the issue I have with your comment. I don't know about other states but here in Maryland formats and rules change all the time so holding players responsible for a sanctions rules being upheld is alittle bit of a reach. In my opinion umpires are making between 27-35$ an hour which in the regular world is considered a well paying job where you must know the rules of your job or you lose your job so why isnt that same standard used in softball? Why arent directors forcing training to become umpires and meetings to keep umpires informed?
The other issues come when directors dont fully back umpires. At no point should a player be allowed to openly threaten an umpire without reprocussion and suspension but i recently watched it happen. Umpires are supposed to ultimately control the game but players are allowed to go hard at them with no worries at all. Issues like this are more of the reason umpires aren't banging at the door like 1 person suggested.