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Umpires & Referees

RYA contracts with a qualified third party to provide umpires and referees for RYA scheduled games. Games can begin with at least one umpire present. In the event no official umpire is available at the official starting time, an on-site league official should be located to determine the appropriate course of action.

During a game, an umpire’s judgment decisions are final and cannot be argued by any coach or player. This includes, but is not limited to, the calling of ball and strikes, decisions of safe or out, decisions of fair or foul or any call that is at the discretion of the umpire’s judgment. If in the opinion of the umpire or a league official this policy is violated, the offending party will not be allowed to continue participating in the game. In addition, no coach, player, parent or spectator can question or approach, in a negative manner, an umpire following the conclusion of a game. If in the opinion of the RYA Board of Directors this policy has been violated, the offending party will be suspended from attending and participating in games and/or practices. Concerns about an umpire’s game performance can be discussed with the Board Member on duty at the conclusion of a game or by sending a letter or electronic mail to league officials. In addition, each manager is responsible for the conduct of his/her parents and coaches and can be disciplined for the conduct of his team’s parents and coaches.