Rules, we need rules…

I play in a coed softball league and the lack of professionalism of the umpires just gets me upset.
Our softball league is pretty relaxed.  For most of us, we want to go out there and have fun.  For the most part we follow general softball rules, but we have instituted a few of our own to help balance things out.

One of those rules caused me to have a disagreement with the umpire.  If you walk a male in our coed league, they get to go to second base.  Easy, right?

Well in this instance, the male walked and he went to second base.  But he did one thing that I think you are supposed to do, touch first base.  So once he went to first base, I had the pitcher appeal to first base to get the out.

Well the umpire didn’t see it that way.  He told me he was safe and that they player didn’t have to touch first base. WHAT!

Excuse me.  As you go around the bases, you are supposed to touch all the bases.  You don’t get to “skip one.  Well he wasn’t going for it and despite my arguing, he told me he would say that he is safe.

So, the umpires are lazy and don’t follow the rules.  Am I wrong to expect that the rules be followed?  It is not that hard to touch first base.

What are your thoughts?

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