Got a meeting. What to ask?
August 10, 2013 4:57 PM Subscribe
This is a followup to my previous question
on bad softball sportsmanship. I have been told that they will be taking up the sportsmanship issue during the board meeting on Wednesday. I'm not sure what to ask for now.
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I had a managers' meeting with other managers and some board members where I presented a list of incidents that were a problem and asked them to look at it. The letter I wrote was very strong, except for the recommendations. I've identified 3 points where bad sportsmanship is not being stopped: coaches aren't reining in their players, umps are not enforcing the code of conduct, and the board of directors is not stepping in when the first two don't happen. I'd like to present a set of recommendations at the board.
To give you all the idea of the sorts of things that have been occurring, here's part of my letter with the team names redacted:
Physical assault: In the Team X vs. Team Y playoff game, an Team Y player slid into home place, in the process knocking down a Team X coach, who was playing catcher. The coach responded by throwing his mitt at the player, striking him directly in the face and then swearing loudly at the Team Y player, directly in front of the umpire and several board members.
Physical/verbal threats toward umpires: Immediately after the aforementioned incident in the Team X vs. Team Y game, a Team Y coach walked toward the umpire in a threatening manner and began screaming obscenities at the umpire and the coach playing catcher.
During the Team Y vs. Team Z game, a Team Y player became angry over an umpire call. He began screaming and swearing at the umpire. He appeared ready to assault the umpire and had to be physically restrained by other Team Y players.
Unsportsmanlike conduct/verbal abuse: Throughout the Q division tournament playoffs, a league player was sitting in the stands heckling players on the field using an amplified bullhorn. It was clearly audible to umpires, players, and spectators.
After league games with both Team Q and Team R, there were several players who refused to shake hands with members of Team Y, instead pulling their hands away as they walked by.
My draft recommendations are:
1. Ensure that umpires are aware of and willing to enforce the code of conduct. Any umpires that are unwilling or unable to enforce the code during games should be replaced.
2. Create a procedure for reporting code of conduct violations to the league board of directors and inform all managers and coaches of the procedure so it can be passed on to players.
3. Board members, managers and coaches should make it clear that these actions will not be tolerated in the future. Managers and coaches should remove players from the game who engage in poor behavior, and the Board should be ready and willing to step in in cases where appropriate action has not been taken.
I am not very satisfied with these recommendations but I'm having trouble identifying what exactly is not right with them. I'd really appreciate a bit more help.