Softball prez says f-bomb rule was always there |

Softball prez says f-bomb rule was always there

Dave Matovina, president, Summit County Softball

I’ve been part of Summit County Softball for more than 20 years. The new rule for using the f-bomb is designed to clean up the language that is sometimes used on the field. We are more a recreational than a competitive league. There are many families with kids that can hear everything that is said on the field. As an umpire, I hear the profanity, and most of the time it is used out of frustration.The rule as written in the USSSA rulebook: Rule 5, Sec. 9b which addressed the use of language that will in any manner refers to or reflects upon opposing players, the umpires, players or spectators. Use of profane or abusive language or taunting will not be tolerated. Players violating can be ejected from the game without warning.This rule has been around for years. It is universal, and not just for Summit County Softball. Use abusive language, you get ejected immediately from all sports at every level from high school to the pros. My rule of thumb is if I hear players use profanity out of frustration, I’ll walk over to them personally and give a warning to clean it up or they are gone. If directed to a player, umpire, or spectator the result will be an ejection. The bottom line is that we want friends and families to go out to the ballfields for fun and have an enjoyable time.

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