As someone who has coached and been around kids’ sports here’s what I can tell you for a fact. NEVER is there a problem with the kids/participants? No, any and all problems at these events arise from parents out of control. The only thing worse to me than a parent “living out HIS/HER dreams through her child,” is one that loses complete control of their emotions, sanity, and behavior at a kids’ sporting event.
Exhibit A: this brawl broke out at a Nile’s Michigan youth flag football game. The video opens with the coach in a heated discussion with the referee and then takes a really dark turn when, after leaving the ref, the coach (presumably former coach) approaches the sidelines and then lays an out-of-the-blue haymaker on a dad. The reason was given? Coach didn’t like the way the dad was looking at him. WOW. The video is age-restricted, but I’ve included the link below.
This is scary and unfortunately, not a rare thing at all. Parents…be better.