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Umpire Cancels Little League Game When Coach Won’t Stop Arguing

July 26, 2012 / Baseball
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The Wilton baseball league put out this written statement regarding the incident described below:

“After receiving information about an incident occurring at a summer league tournament game this week, Wilton Little League is fully investigating all the facts surrounding the situation. There have been disciplinary actions levied against the coaches involved and the extent of these actions regarding anyone affiliated with Wilton Little League will be determined at the conclusion of our investigation.” 

OXFORD – Several parents in Oxford are enraged after seeing a video that shows a youth baseball coach from Wilton flipping out on an umpire during a game at Posy Panko Field in Oxford last weekend.

The video, which is attached to this article, shows how a coach from Wilton reacts when what he perceives as a bad call is made by an umpire during a 11-year-old baseball game. The incident went on for so long that a parent took out her phone and began recording the belligerent coach’s actions before the umpire stopped the game because of the coach.

Parent Lisa Suttile, who serves as an assistant coach on the team, said she was embarrassed by the coach’s actions not only because of the way he spoke to the umpire, but also because how he spoke to his team, by belittling them and swearing while describing the way they played. That portion was not caught on video.

“You just don’t speak to umpires like that and you certainly don’t speak to kids like that,” Suttile said. “This was uncalled for.”

She said incidents like this are all too common in our society and that parents, especially coaches, need to think before they act.

She said Oxford youth baseball officials are attempting to reach out to Wilton youth baseball officials to discuss the situation. She said she personally has not received a response and does not believe anyone else from Oxford had as of Wednesday morning.

Oxford Patch has made attempts to reach Wilton coaches but has been unsuccessful. We will attempt to follow up on this story.

Oxford Patch Editor’s Note: The video of this situation was submitted to Oxford Patch but was not clear. Star 99.9, the FM radio station in Connecticut, posted this video on their website after cleaning up the video to make it more clear. The radio station did not change the content of the video. Since their video was clear, we have embedded that one and attached it to this story.


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