I think the umpires do a great job considering the fact they have to deal with redneck folks in the crowd heckling their every call, Coaches getting mad because a call didn't go for their team, parents yelling "You can't call a kid out on strikes, he is 9 years old!!!!" Umm, I'm sorry, 7 yr old, 9 yr old, 13 yr old, etc... if they don't swing the bat, and it is a strike, they will be called out.
It is quite entertaining to be neither a parent of a child, a coach or any affiliation with Paragould Baseball except for the fact that my man is an umpire. Some people can really make fools of themselves.
Plus, what do you expect from a YOUTH LEAGUE in PARAGOULD ARKANSAS. This is not some kind of huge league/tournament that well, actually means something. The program is put in place to provide a venue for Northeast Arkansas children to compete in a team sport environment. I can understand getting angry with a high school umpire, college, or professional… but c’mon.
I commend Mr. McPherson for defending his umpires that he works so hardly to recruit and organize so that area children have facilitators for the games. Like he said, if you think you can do a better job, by all means contact Paragould Youth Baseball and sign up to umpire.
I think the coaches, parents, and spectators would be best served if they simply saw the game for what it is, young children getting the chance to compete with a team, learn the ropes of the game of baseball to better prepare them for when they are in Jr. High and High School. There is no reason to heckle the umpires or blatantly yell at a child you are coaching because he makes a mistake. Guide the child to learn from the mistake and do better next time. At the end of the day, ask yourself: Am I are setting a good example for the children by heckling the umpires? The answer is NO.