What an Indiana umpire shortage says about parents and the sport


Growing up, I was always around youth sporting events. Whether I was cheering on, supporting my friends, or watching my younger siblings, it was an important part of my growth. During those years and in the many years that followed, while cheering on my own children at games, I experienced the very good and the very bad in the fans.

The Good and Bad of Sports Parents

I saw relatives gather around my son, and us, after an injury. I also witnessed a massive brawl involving the parents of opposing high school basketball teams.

For me, it’s not that hard to accept a call you don’t agree with. I had to do it a lot. It’s not that hard to do because it’s just a game and winning isn’t everything. Yes, I said it, winning is not everything.

Children’s sports are meant to be a way for them to improve their skills, learn valuable lessons in teamwork and keep their commitments. Sports are part of learning life skills for work and play. They should not teach anger, disrespect and violence.

Recent violent incidents involving parents and referees

Acts of violence against umpires and referees are a growing problem. Any act of violence against another person is unjustified, but for a stranger, a cinch because you disagree with a call is shameful.

According to Fox59,

Across the country, this past weekend, two incidents of violence against referees went viral. In Texas, a coach was filmed shoving a referee after being ejected from a minor league game. In Mississippi, a mother has been arrested for punching a softball umpire and giving the official a black eye.

Believe me, I’ve disagreed with a lot of calls in my day. And I’m someone who likes to win. In fact, I’ve been known to say, I don’t do second place. But not at the expense of others like referees or referees. I would never confront someone about something as stupid as a judgment on the court or in court.

Remember, little eyes watch how you act towards others

Never forget that you are watched by small eyes, Be a better person. Be an example of how to respect others and value everyone’s opinion. Be grateful and kind to the referees who officiate your child’s games. Think about it, they’re doing a job you don’t want to do that way you can watch your kids play ball.

We need to stop the sports parenting madness

Do you realize that the games have to be canceled because of the behavior of the parents? Do you want parents banned from sporting events because they don’t know how to behave?

Children should be able to play sports like you and I did when we were young. So we have to stop spoiling it for them. We have become such a society filled with hatred towards each other that we have let it affect the activities of our children.

If you’re one of those parents, stop venting your anger on others and get the therapy you need. You will be a better parent and a better human. Period.

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