Sideline parents should have their mouths duct-taped if they cannot model good sportsmanship.
A sports parent asks:
I encountered parents at a soccer game this past Saturday that I confronted in the midst of flaming anger! A child was struck in the face with a foot that was aimed for a ball. And instead of words of concern, a father says, “that’s what he gets” REALLY! I came unglued! I clap for every goal my kid or not, my team or not! It was unbelievable, the comments the entire game but that was uncalled for and I told him so. He should be ashamed! And escorted from the field no matter whose child, or what team he was on!!! Seriously the nerve!? What do you think?
What do I think? Hmm.
I think you or someone should confront this sideline parent about his poor sportsmanship, and ask that he either model a positive attitude or leave.
I think the kid of that dad is going to adopt that attitude of poor sportsmanship because our kids usually follow in our footsteps.
I think that the father of the kid who was injured should punch the offensive dad in the face. JUST KIDDING! kinda.
I think that coaches need to lay down rules for parental behavior on the sidelines before the season begins and outline consequences for breaking those rules.
I think–at least I’m hopeful–that the offending father would feel really really bad if the injured kid had to get carted away in an ambulance or get stitches or go to the ER.
And finally, I think that duct-tape has lots of very practical uses and should be required sideline sports equipment.
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