Suggested Plate Conference (encourage all umpires to print this out)
ARE ALL PLAYERS PROPERLY EQUIPPED?
PLEASE REMEMBER SPORTSMANSHIP IS HUGE FOR ALL PLAYERS, COACHES, PARENTS, FANS BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THE GAME. COACHES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL.
COACHES MUST ASK FOR AND HAVE TIME GRANTED BEFORE COMING INTO LIVE BALL TERRITORY. IF A COACH HAS A QUESTION, AFTER BEING GRANTED TIME, YOU MUST GO TO THE UMPIRE WHO MADE THE CALL TO DISCUSS. IF THE SITUATION REQUIRES THAT UMPIRE TO GET HELP FROM HIS PARTNER, THE UMPS WILL DISCUSS TOGETHER AND RENDER A FINAL DECISION AND EXPLANATION IF NECESSARY. NO FURTHER DISCUSSION AFTER THIS CAN BE HAD. ANY QUESTIONS? LET'S HAVE SOME FUN AND A GREAT GAME! GOOD LUCK COACHES
1. Rules Knowledge
2. Timing and Judgment ( This means continuous refinement )
4. Game Management
If you ever wanted to know what constitutes grounds for ejection, The Umpire School and PBUC have an excellent standards document implemented at the minor league level. The list of 10 reasons below provides uniformity and principles (i.e. a warning first - in most cases) where it is a good call to consider when removal of a player, coach or manager from a game could be warranted.
This document can serve as a foundation and teaching tool for ejections for your league or association, regardless of level.
Reprinted with permission from The Umpire School and PBUC (Professional Baseball Umpires Corp)
Umpires are entrusted with the authority to remove any participant from the game. This responsibility should never be taken lightly.
Minor League Baseball recognizes that every situation is unique and that umpire discretion is essential to proper rule enforcement. While there are unique and extraordinary circumstances, players and clubs look for uniformity in applying consistent standards for ejection.
The following general principles should be considered when deciding whether to eject a player, coach, manager or other person from the game:
While standards listed here may justify an ejection, it is up to umpire discretion to eject any participant “for objecting to decisions or for unsportsmanlike conduct or language.”
In addition, there are situations that result in immediate ejection. These situations include violations such as pitcher possessing a foreign substance, batter charging the pitcher with the intention of fighting the pitcher, pitcher intentionally throwing at a batter, etc.