The past 3 Springs I have umpired Little League Baseball in North Suburban Houston. Overall, its been a great experience and very fun. However, especially towards the High School (HS) and College age umps there is a startling lack of respect.
3 seasons ago, my Jr. yr. in HS & my 1st season umping, I had a 7 yr. old machine pitch manager go off on me after the game in front of his kids. He criticized my ability and a close call @ 1st base (I was the base ump). He then proceded to call that call "f-ing bull****". Right in front of everyone. He ended up getting a 2 game suspension and he lost his team after the year, but incidents like that keep rising. And sadly incidents involving physical contact too.
Unfortunately, I see nothing to stop the soccer hooliganzation of American Sports, especially since most of these incidents are not dealt with legally.
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