Umpires Kick Coaches Out Because They Are Cops And Had Guns When In Uniform

The umpires told officers in two Texas baseball leagues that they cannot coach in uniform with their duty weapons.

Dumas, TX – A police officer who volunteered as a little league baseball coach was asked to leave the field on game day because she was coaching in her police uniform while wearing her duty weapon.

The incident occurred just after 6 pm on May 17th when the girls of the San Antonio Armadillos should have been warming up for their game, an angry parent with a child on the team told Blue Lives Matter.

“I arrived late to the game and noticed that my daughter’s team were in the dugout while the other team was still warming up. The game was supposed to start at 6pm due to a double header that night and it was weird that they still had not started with it being roughly 6:20ish by then,” Orlando Camacho told Blue Lives Matter in an email.

Camacho said he asked the other parents what was going on and was told that the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) umpires had refused to allow the Armadillos’ coach on the field because she was wearing her police uniform and gun in violation of an association rule that said you couldn’t have a handgun on the field.

“Coach Alisha,” as her players and their parents call her, is actually Dumas Police Officer Alisha Sladek.

Officer Sladek has volunteered her time to coach the team of 1st through 5th Grade girls.

“Someone told me that they would not allow our coach to coach because she has her gun on her and they wanted her to put her gun in her [police vehicle],” Camacho further explained.

Camacho told Blue Lives Matter that Officer Sladek has coached at least four games in full uniform so far this season.

He also said that he had the impression that because game times rotated and can be unpredictable, their coach was sometimes giving up her lunch breaks to coach on days when she was working.

“Asking an officer to disarm while in uniform is absolutely unbelievable,” Camacho said.

He said that parents approached the USSSA official - State Umpire-In-Charge Bo Roscoe - and asked to see the written rules that said no handguns were on permitted on the game field.

But Roscoe didn’t have anything to show them.

“The official told us that his verbal word was good enough and did not have to provide any kind of documentation,” Camacho said.

Officer Sladek and Roscoe engaged in a heated discussion and were unable to reach a compromise.

“The USSSA would not allow Coach Alisha to coach that night unless she stored her firearm in her unit, which she refused to do,” Camacho told Blue Lives Matter.

He said that after her argument with Roscoe, they also banned the very popular coach from the dugout and the entire playing field area so she had to watch the game from the outskirts of the playing field by the parking lot.

Camacho called the move blatant disrespect for a law enforcement and said most of the parents were outraged about the treatment their coach had gotten.

Initially, the Dumas City League took heat because people thought the no-gun rule was their decision, but Officer Sladek posted a message to the Dumas Little League Facebook page to sort it out.

She did not respond to an interview request from Blue Lives Matter.

It was a few day later, when word of the incident had spread throughout the small Texas baseball community, that parents in Dumas learned it wasn’t the first time that Roscoe had refused to let a law enforcement officer coach in uniform.

In fact, the local USSSA official had banned another uniformed law enforcement officer from coaching just 40 miles away in Dalhart in the first week of May.

A Texas Highway Patrol officer who coaches boys nine through 12 years old for the Rangers team was told that, after three years of coaching in uniform, he can no longer step onto the field while wearing his duty weapon, according to Dalhart Youth League board member Tiffany Akin.

Akin told Blue Lives Matter that the officer has volunteered for two seasons as an assistant coach and just finished his first season as a head coach.

She said that he’s popular with the players and parents and that he also has children who play on other teams in the league, so he’s regularly in the stands in his Texas State Highway Patrol uniform.

“I feel safe knowing he’s out there and he’s armed. My husband and I both like that,” Akin said. Her husband, Alex Akin, is also a league board member in Dalhart.

She said the umpires expressed concern that the officer could fall down and his gun would go off, or that his holster might be struck by a baseball, causing the gun to fire. And she said she told them that was ridiculous.

Akin said she called the other members of the Dalhart Youth League’s board and sought their opinions on the matter of armed, uniformed officers coaching.

“And everyone agreed we support him. We’re not going to disarm him,” she told Blue Lives Matter. “So I thought it was over with.”

But it wasn’t.

A few days later, two of the umpires grabbed the officer while he was at the field watching his daughter’s softball game and took him into the clubhouse for a discussion, Akin told Blue Lives Matter.

“They told him that that he can’t wear a gun and next time he does, his team is going to forfeit the game,” she said.

“They also said that if it happens again, USSSA will not let him coach anymore,” Akins said.

She said the officer didn’t question the existence of the rule that was being quoted, but the parents did.

“I haven’t found anything in USSSA that says that anybody can’t have a gun on the field,” Akin told Blue Lives Matter.

“They were told that there’s a rule that doesn’t exist,” she explained. “They didn’t demand verification of the rule – we did.”

Akin said it turned out that USSSA may have had a no handguns on the field rule at one time, but that rule does not exist anymore and hasn’t for a long time.

But Roscoe told them that he had spoken to somebody at USSSA’s national headquarters in Florida and that the person had agreed there should be a rule against it and that he should enforce the ban on the field in Texas, she said.

“They can’t trump state law,” Akins said, outraged. “We think they overstepped their bounds by threatening the officer – that is not their call, it’s a league call. And our league has voted to fully support the officer.”

This season is over for that officer anyway because the Rangers have played their last game, but the Dalhart Youth League board is planning to nail down USSSA on the matter before they agree to continue working with them.

“If USSSA really adopts that rule, a lot of leagues will drop out of USSSA,” Akins said. She said most leagues only affiliate with USSSA for the insurance coverage and that there are lots of other options.

Blue Lives Matter contacted USSSA’s national headquarters via phone and email but had received no response by publication time.

Comments (79)
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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

All she had to do was to comply and she would have been fine.

Kennsing
Kennsing

USSSA is not Little League, two different organizations.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Rule number 1: The umpire is in charge and the coaches must obey. Simple, really.

DebPro
DebPro

Maybe the ump has a record and therefore is not a LEO fan? Things that make you say hmmm.

Arquero
Arquero

Kids' sports league spearheads gun control in Texas. Somehow I'm both shocked and impressed.

NoBackupNearby
NoBackupNearby

Trying to enforce a rule that MIGHT have been on the books a long time ago but isn't anymore? Wonder how the public would feel about LEOs doing that?

Benji 4
Benji 4

So lets ban the cop in uniform from coaching and let the local crack head who hides his gun in his waistband coach. Brilliant...Cops in uniform never give up their firearm. Never.......

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

Freakin idiots, same mentality as the idiots who think they are entitled to refuse service to police officers at restaurants and stores.

portManaT13
portManaT13

Twelve or thirteen years ago I had the same situation to deal with. A Deputy went onto the field, in full uniform and armed while 10-40, to coach first base. Rather than disrupt the players and the game, I took the matter up with his agency's command staff. Our umpires' association felt that it was inappropriate for anyone to be directly involved in a ballgame while armed, and I explained that to the command staff. (Since "open carry" is legal in that state, if we allowed deputies to work armed, then non-LEOs would have to be allowed to do so.) The deputy was given a shift change for the duration of the season and continued to coach out of uniform. I wouldn't want any parent to be denied the opportunity to participate with their child. Accommodations can be made if people are willing to put the kids first.

Mrdan
Mrdan

Maybe if we all stop commenting on this moron he'll go away he's enjoying pissing all of us who comment on his posts

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

The Obama Legacy of Hating First Responders lives on.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

That's real good ump. Never let the kids know that LEOs are regular people, even when in Uniform. Hater!!!

Trefflek
Trefflek

That Umpire is crazy!! You dont get to make up rules in sport, an officer in uniform should NEVER get rid of his or her weapon at the demand of an umpire. People who demand guns go away are the same people i expect to shoot everyone up when law abiding citizens and cops dont have guns. Find a new umpire

javaguy
javaguy

They lied about the gun rules and they probably lie about a lot of the calls in the games. A lying is lying.

b1rd
b1rd

So you take that approach with a guy that is temporarily in charge of a kids game but not police that are in charge everyday real life ???? 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔😂😂😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Good thought process there bud.

spd522
spd522

Booger, you are a fucking moron as usual.

tfort
tfort

Comply and complain later.

The baseball field is not where you argue your case.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

People of Texas, rise up and send these aholes back wherever they came from!!!!

Mic911
Mic911

Having coached my son's team years ago and employed by the Sheriff's Office, never showed up to coach in uniform or with my weapon. If I was on duty and was unable to coach that was different. My question is why could the officer not change and leave her weapon in her locker at PD? Yes, the USSSA and umpires went about it wrong! If you cannot produce a ruling in writing then don't go trying to make your own along the way. This whole thing is a bunch of bull..

checksix
checksix

Ref probably got a speeding citation on the way to the game.

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

It;s time to ban USSSA officials from the fields. Find another group to officiate. The USSSA collects fees from their membership. Let the fees go to an association with sense.

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

This is to the morons that agree to this BS. If you can guarantee that EVERYONE else has no guns then the officers would feel safer for the community and themselves

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

A uniformed officer should NEVER be forced to disarm. That's just idiotic. If I was the parents of one of these ballplayers, i'd be looking to join a different association.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Isn't that town actually DumbAss?

Wwolfwp61
Wwolfwp61

Hmmm that's funny...I do not remember the 2nd Amendment saying you couldn't carry while coaching a baseball game. I do remember it saying something concerning "shall not be infringed upon." though.

RoxC
RoxC

"A few days later, two of the umpires grabbed the officer" which is felony assault and battery on a Law Enforcement Officer. The situation would have gotten a whole lot worse if The Officer had responded in kind. The 2 referees are lucky to still being able to walk unassisted.

grant99710
grant99710

First...a officer in uniform will not be without their weapon! Most likely that will be in their SOP! Second...if the rule isn’t in writing it is not a rule therefore it is not enforceable. I would appeal any disqualification to the league and it would be overturned. The official needs to be suspended or barred from umpiring in that league if he doesn’t follow the “written “ rules! As a retired LEO who coached and umpired this is a blatant power move and that umpire needs to reassess just why he is out there umpiring!

Marxest
Marxest

This time I must completely side with the police officers. As long as their weapons are securely holstered and safetied, they should be allowed to coach and be on the field. The NYPD, the finest police department on Earth allows Community Officers to interact in civilian activities such as trips with kids to movie theaters and ball games and other trips with their service weapons properly holstered at their side. Community Resource Officers wear a different and more relaxed uniform then their counterparts, but they are still uniformed and sworn police officers.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

What’s simple is, the ump, doesn’t like police, and he sought out that this would be his way of getting his “jabs” in. If there was an incident at the field, police will be there with their guns anyway. He just one of those guys that have a chip on their shoulder against law enforcement. Maybe he couldn’t get in, so he just settles for being a little league umpire, couldn’t even get high school or college level.

DarrellB
DarrellB

OK, USSSA didn't respond. Time for everyone to reach out. Contact USSSA, get a response. If not, then contact their sponsors like Boomba, Dudley, Under Armor, Addidas, Rawling, and Nationwide. Let them know how you feel.

shayrae
shayrae

"She said the umpires expressed concern that the officer could fall down and his gun would go off, or that his holster might be struck by a baseball, causing the gun to fire." Seriously? A person could be struck with a bat and be injured or by an errant ball. We need to ban ALL such 'weapons' before someone is seriously injured. SMH Sorry folks, no more sports that involve, a potentially, deadly weapon. Sarcasm spoken here.

Zpwjs
Zpwjs

OC run amock. Get a grip on your common sense umpire.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Look, a little common sense here. Forget about the guns -- an umpire isn't going to want a police officer in uniform as a manager under any conditions. Umpires have to be fair and give the appearance of being fair. Let's say the umpire makes calls in favour of the officers team. It is going to look like the umpire is intimidated by the uniform. On the other hand, let's say the umpire makes calls against the police officer's team -- the umpire is going to be tagged as some kind of "cop hater." Common sense would dictate that the police officer not show up to manage in police uniform, regardless of anything else. She should be managing in street clothes. Once you realize that Coach Alisha lacks this basic common sense, the gun aspect gets that much more concerning. Was umpire intimidation her goal all along?

Toaster_Man
Toaster_Man

I think it is reasonable to demand players not be armed

PapaSmuf73
PapaSmuf73

A police officer is subject to 24 hour call. They need to be prepared to respond at all times.

gmadison4770
gmadison4770

Why anyone in their right mind would ever remove a “protector” or “good guy” from on area subject to unforeseen random attack is ridiculous. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t go around thinking an active shooter is going to jump out from every corner, but good lord.... if one did happen to break out, are the Umpires planning on handling that situation? If someone will shoot up a schoolyard, they’ll damn sure shoot up a ballgame. Forcing the one certified, trustworthy, competent and trained person to store their weapon is probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of. The only person who thinks like this is the one who is Anti-Law Enforcement. No one else is that stupid. And the only person who supports people like that in these forums is Anti-Law Enforcement too.

bronx163
bronx163

Total bs. This is evident the ass cancer of calf ny ct nj Colorado wash state has arrived.