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Andy the Umpire

Jeff TenbargePerson was signed in when posted
11:16 AM ET (US)
VERDICT=The NASO Code of Conduct for Sports Officials states, "Officials shall be free of obligation to any interest other than the impartial and fair judging of sports competitions AND Officials shall recognize that anything which may lead to a conflict of interest, either real or apparent, MUST BE AVOIDED. Gifts, special favors, special treatment, priviledges, employment or a personal relationship with a school or team which can compromise the perceived impartiality of officiating must be avoided.
GNOA umpires should notify our assignor and block any school which any of the above conditions exist.
11:39 AM ET (US)
It was an interesting example of expectations, both good and bad. You can be everyone's friend until the controversial call, but more importantly your friends and associates may expect and unfair advantage.... just because you are their relative or friend.
Rusty BatcherPerson was signed in when posted
11:06 AM ET (US)
Did Opie make it to the show, lol. Just a reminder, never umpire your own kids, you will be harder on them than the rest, thinking of the perception thing, been there done that. Perception is a big thing in the world of officiating, from the moment we walk in, as to what we look like, and how we associate with others, as in being equal to all, and not hanging at the fence like a good old boy with someone you know and like, if you want to be liked by players and coaches, then take off the uniform and hangout. Most people will realize this and that you will still be there friend, but not while you are in uniform, I'm working with two new volleyball refs right now that used to be coaches and like to hug others in the sport they love, coaches and players, they got it pretty quick when I made them go hug the other coach that was from out of town and they didn't know, as I explained to the coach why he was getting the hugs, he like the hugs anyway, lol, On a side note, or other hand, we don't wish them to think we are out to get them and have a bad attitude, that is worst than being a good old boy, if you are the first of the two, your brethren will scratch you, if you are the latter of the two, then the game will scratch you, stay in the middle and you will have a long pleasant career.
Jeff TenbargePerson was signed in when posted
08:43 PM ET (US)
To me, this episode is a good example of how we need to be careful of our relationships with coaches, people involved in programs, etc. People who do not umpire and think preferential treatment might come their way just don't understand how the perception can look bad if we are buddy-buddy with Coaches-Players-fans from a team...Andy was there to do a job...the look on his face when Aunt Bea wanted to take a pic of him and Opey was a statement that he didn't want to give the idea that he would "play favorites"...How Andy was treated in town after he made the tough call is a perfect example of this...I like your comments Kevin!
Kevin Heald
02:53 PM ET (US)
Different, and better, times. Today, Helen would sell the picture to TMZ and Andy would be recalled from office. Always thought Howard was sort of a wimp, but the man can write a column. The world, and umpires, need more Howards.
Jeff TenbargePerson was signed in when posted
02:34 PM ET (US)
This is the episode where Andy umpires a game...
Bryan WildPerson was signed in when posted
01:33 PM ET (US)

I think you have that exact replica Andy umpire costume?😀
01:16 PM ET (US)
did i miss something????? this is a link to the Andy Griffith show.
Jeff TenbargePerson was signed in when posted
12:03 PM ET (US)

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