Beginning with the 2016 baseball season, umpires will be required to give coaches a warning before they can be ejected, according to a new rule approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
In the past, umpires could issue a warning or could go move directly to restricting the coach to the bench/dugout area or ejection.
“The new rule change has initiated a penalty progression, starting with a written warning, restriction to the bench/dugout and subsequent ejection from the contest,” Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and liaison to the Baseball Rules Committee, said in a news release. “A successful game official practices preventive officiating, and this new penalty progression will allow the official to issue penalties that give the coach the opportunity to remain in the game and teach his players.”
The NFHS board of directors also approved a rule change that prevents a coach, player or other personnel from having “any physical contact, spitting, kicking of dirt or any other physical action directed toward an umpire.”