Coach ejections are not a high point in youth sports. No sports parent enjoys watching his child’s coach get ejected from the game. We either feel embarrassed for him or angry that he let his team down.
My own husband, who coached for 28 years, was ejected more than once from a game. The first time came when my oldest was playing 8th grade softball and my husband was coaching her team. The umpire made a questionable call and my husband called him over to argue the call. He was not belligerent, but persistent. That wasn’t the problem. But it was a problem when he continued to make comments to the umpire after the discussion was over. This umpire felt his behavior was too much and threw him out of the game.
In my opinion, the umpire was way too sensitive. And in my husband’s defense, he was arguing for the girls. But none of that mattered to my middle school daughter who burst into tears in the dugout from embarrassment and anger over the whole situation.
Same thing happened to my husband several years later when he was coaching high school softball. Again, he argued a call with the ump, and again he kept arguing the point after the discussion was over. Not only was he ejected from the game, he was also forbidden to coach the next game. I sat in the car with him and watched the game from beyond the outfield fence.
Before You Point the Finger at Coach Ejections…
I’ll agree that some coaches deserve to be kicked out of the competition. They are the ones who take their anger and passion just a little too far and step over the line of respectful treatment of others.
But let’s be honest about this for a minute. Sports parents have more in common with ejected coaches than you’d like to admit. What is that? Read on.
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