SALISBURY, Md. --Two New Jersey fathers accused of engaging in a bloody fight after a Maryland youth softball dispute have each been sentenced to a year of probation and fined $100. Michael Barbella, 48, of Ventnor, New Jersey, and Michael John Duffy, 45, of Mays Landing, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on Monday in Wicomico County District Court. The two other charges filed against them, affray and second-degree assault, were dropped.
The men were arrested in Salisbury on July 16 after engaging in a fight captured on a cellphone camera. The footage ends with Barbella on the ground with blood streaming from his face.Both men received a year of probation before judgment, meaning the offense will be cleared from their records if they successfully complete the terms of their probation.
I would like to inspire some participation on this blog with today’s topic. I begin with a very simple and sincere question which hopefully will result in some feedback. Does anyone truly believe arguing with the umpire results in any significant gain for your team or your players? I would be very interested in some input from our umpiring friends out there as well. I would further extend this question to include parents/fans arguing with other parents/fans.
Through the years I have witnessed many coaches, fans, parents and even players argue with the umpires as well as with other fans, parents, coaches ect. I have long wondered if this type of behavior actually has any positive effect to the outcome of the game or the development of the players. Please do not misunderstand me here. I consider myself a realist and fully advocate educating children to the reality of conflict in our society. However I have a hard time understanding the upside of 10 year old girls crying hysterically, while witnessing their parents and coaches viciously attack one another, and or the umpiring staff.
Further baffling to me, is why umpires accept any such behavior at all. Please tell me how I am wrong here, but if an umpire threw a coach and or parent/fan out of the game with the very first comment, would that not keep everyone else in line? If this became to norm then eventually the destructive behavior would dissipate. Again perhaps this type of behavior has some sort of positive effect I am completely missing.
In extreme circumstances that involve repeat offenders, physical violence or threats of violence the individual should be banned from the program immediately, without question. Again if you make an example out of someone very quickly, I make the argument everyone else will fall in line.
Bad umpiring decisions are a reality that have been a part of the sport since the beginning and will continue to the end, so just get over it and move on!!!!!!