As the head of a Travel softball organization my fear is that if something isn’t done soon we will not have our sport. The men and women who we refer to as Blue are becoming fewer and fewer each travel season. And the really good ones are harder to find these days. And it’s not just our sport it’s an epidemic across all sports. What’s really sad to me is most of official do the job because of there love of the sport and the kids. Yes it’s a nice way to earn a little money but they’re not getting rich doing it. So why is it ok for us to scream and belittle them to the point that they lose there love of the game. Yes I’ve been that parent who had a big mouth and disagreed with a call from time to time. But I have never threaten or approached an official after a game. That kind of crap is going on and it’s not acceptable at all. These umpires put there pants on one leg at a time and they have families just like all of us and they deserve respect. They are going to miss calls they are going to make mistakes they are human just like you and me. When they go through there training they don’t come out perfect it takes years to become a great official. And we are chasing off the great ones so the young ones do not have the example of a great one to learn from. So now you have more missed calls. Our behavior at the field should be setting an example for our kids to learn how to be respectful not hateful. Our policy with in our organization is only the head coach should be speaking to the umpires durning the game. Parents need to be there supporting the there daughter and the team. Players need to be respectful if an umpire makes conversation then they reply in a polite manner. I don’t want to be the reason future generation don’t get to play this sport. Do you want that label? I could go on forever about this subject but I’m hoping that other coaches, Tournment Directors, parents, player,and official will put there two cents in on this. Let’s do something together to make a change for the good of youth sports.