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Discussion: Fan interference

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Feb. 23
roco36

5 posts
This question pertains to an unruly (in my opinion) fan. The fan in question comes to her husband's games and has a tendency to scream, as if she just saw a mouse or bear, when her team does something well. I don't mind her rooting for the team, e.g., go Tigers, or Bears or (insert team name), but when her screaming can be heard several diamonds away from her husband's game, I think she is unruly. Her screaming once interfered with my concentration while umpiring a game. Her screams must be at least 75 to 80 decibels. She could be an NFL QB and be heard well. Can she be cited for fan interference? Other than asking her to please be a little quieter, do you have any other recommendations? I believe she is a nuisance and her behavior disrupts the spirit of our old guy's games.
Feb. 24
DaveDowell
Men's 70
4355 posts
roco36 ... Your options appear to be a bit limited, and do NOT include the Spectator Interference language of the Rule Book ... That provision (below) deals with physical interference by a spectator with a play in progress ... Absent derogatory or insulting language, merely being annoying as to volume is probably just "part of the game" ... As an umpire, you would likely have the authority to limit/eliminate artificial noise sources, such as cow bells, "clapper sticks", sirens, bullhorns, etc. ... Although it's tough to arrange, her developing laryngitis could be your friend! ...
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§8.2(2)SPECTATOR INTERFERENCE
If a spectator reaches into the field of play and interferes with the fielder's opportunity to catch a fly ball, the ball is dead, the batter is out and the runner(s) must return to the last base occupied at the time of the pitch.

Feb. 24
OMD

38 posts
I WISH there was a "loud" fan rule! I have 3-4 teammates whos wives try and be louder then everybody else in the complex! Now I appreciate the team support but by day 2 my nerves are shot! At least they are not as loud when it's cold out - so it makes those 8-9am start times a little easier to endure!
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