Youth sports and parents behaving badly | E14 | Life Crunch

Youth sports and parents behaving badly | E14 | Life Crunch


Welcome team! We’ve got a problem in sports and it involves your kids! It’s Life Crunch on Famifi. Sports. With them kids develop teamwork, physical skills, and an appreciation for Jock Jams. But there’s a distressing movement in youth sports, and it’s parental misconduct. “Nearly every weekend bad behavior by moms and dads caught on tape. These parents getting into it at a high school basketball
game. And what about this out of control dad, so fearful his son is losing a wrestling match he shoves a ten-year-old clear across the ring.” That’s insane. The only way any of that is okay is when it’s played to this
music. I was wrong. It’s still terrible. A study with over 3,000 children surveyed shows 74% of children have seen out-of-control adults at their games, 37% have witnessed parents yelling at their kids, and 4% have seen violent conduct from adults. We can do better than that. Look, it’s easy to get over-excited at these games, seeing that youth sports is now a $15 billion a year industry. That’s just shy of all the Marvel films combined. So what happens when such a popular recreation and hobby evolves at this violent level? “The 2011 Tustin Red Cobras Pop Warner football team went undefeated in the regular season. John Zanelli, then an assistant coach for the
team of 10 and 11 year olds, now says other coaches on the team offered the boys $20 cash bounties for big hits on opposing players.” Bounties?! It’s youth league. Most of those don’t even keep score! And let’s not forget that it’s not just the players that are kids but the officials as well. Take the 14-year-old volunteer referee from Cleveland who was so verbally abused by adults that she reached out on the youth league social media
page asking them to stop. Obviously, not every parent Hulks out at their kid’s games. But what makes a grown up act out in this way? “Fear, ego and greed. As a parent I have a tremendous fear today more than ever, that my child would not be number 1. Ego? Ego: I could have been a major league player. They’re living through their
kids? Absolutely. The third thing? Greed. Greed, you got it. My child’s going to make some of that big money. Going to get into the major league, million dollar contracts, and that’s where it crosses over the line. Kids, you ask kids if they want that. Nah. What kids want is fun. So what are people doing to combat this kind of behavior? Check out this program from the Washington D.C. area. “That may seem like a typical kids soccer game, but did you notice there was only one voice being heard on the field? The coach. No parents yelling at their kids or yelling at the ref. This weekend about 6,000 local kids will play soccer with no unsolicited sideline coaching from their parents.” We all get excited and love to cheer our kids on. But if you’re the one out there making a scene the real question is why are you getting so intense? What’s the end game for you if we act this way? Our kids may roll their eyes at mom jeans and dad jokes, but the reality is they look up to us. We are the first and last examples in their lives and seeing how we react in the real world speaks volumes to them. Because in the end, all we need is to treat each other with a little, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” Plus you don’t want to get clapped back like this guy did. “You’re still the worst flopper in the NBA!” Thanks for watching. For Life Crunch, I’m Trey Warner sharing news your family can chew. Want more news you can discuss with your kids? Click the link below to get Daily Crunch news sent to your inbox.

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