There have been several instances this season of verbal abuse and bullying of junior umpires in the afternoon competition. This behaviour will not be tolerated and is damaging to these children and to North Shore's umpire development programme. We need a successful development programme to ensure we have a source of new umpires. The more umpires we have then the less club umpiring is required to be performed by teams.
The following directives are issued by NSDSA to all teams in the competition, effective immediately:
- Where a Junior Umpire is doing the Club umpiring duty allocated to either their own or another team in the afternoon competition, in all cases the junior umpire must be accompanied by an adult in the umpiring crew who will be responsible for ensuring there is no abuse from either team they are umpiring;
- Where a junior umpire or trainee umpire is included on a North Shore Umpiring Crew they will always be accompanied by a levelled adult umpire. The adult umpire will have ultimate authority of the game whether they are on the diamond or mentoring;
- Derogatory, demeaning, disrespectful, aggressive or negative comments or behaviours towards any umpire, whether junior, adult, trainee or levelled, by any team member or official will not be tolerated and the person shall be given a warning or shall be ejected from the game as determined by the umpire or mentor. Where a warning has been given, any further poor conduct by any member of that team may result in ejection without warning;
- Finally all participants, be they a coach, player,scorer or official of any kind, are required to report ANY abuse they see to the the UIC James Townsend, Deputy UIC Andrew Cooper or a member of the North Shore Committee, John Greenhalgh, Tim Bridge, Graham Hollis, or Courtney Tuma. Even if they are not directly involved. We can do nothing as an association without reports of misconduct of this nature.
Further disciplinary action can follow as a result of reported abuse of umpires.