Members of the Airdrie Ladies Fastball League (that’s YOU) are responsible for the safety of its players, the umpires, and spectators. This includes both physically and mentally and it is imperative that all members follow this code to represent the values of this League. There have continued to be instances of umpire abuse from players and/or spectators. Let's try to address this now...
If you would like to question a call or complain about an umpire, there is a process. You can send this to the executive of the ALFL and we will work with the executive of CSUA (Calgary Softball Umpires Association) to get a positive result for everyone. The ALFL asks that during the game, whatever the ump calls is his/her judgement and interpretation of the rule from where he/she is positioned and should only be discussed with the official in a professional and direct manner. If you do not understand a call, you may approach the umpire calmly and ask your questions in a reasonable tone of voice. Yelling your grievance at the umpire from across the field is absolutely not acceptable and could result in an ejection. Only respectful, calm communications will be tolerated from the league and the umpires.
The sport has seen a decline in the number of players, and the CSUA is continually challenged to get enough Officials due to abuse. The league wants to change this abuse and will continue to work with the teams, coaches and umpire group to change the trend. We would appreciate you circulate the following information to your team on respect the game https://asua.ca/respect-my-game/.