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Sports and the over-zealous parents that watch them

So the girl-child just had her first softball game of the season today and I went up after work to watch.

I hate these sports parents. They drive me absolutely insane. Do they not realize that these 11-12 years olds are just out there trying to have fun...and that they (the parents) are not out playing themselves?

One woman reamed out her daughter for hesitating beteen 1st and 2nd and the others were all acting like they had money riding on the World Series or something...and their team was losing.

Comments like "If she hits the ball to you, CATCH IT!" nearly brought me to tears.

2 months to go.
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Become an umpire so you can kick them out...that was most of the fun when I used to referee 5-7 grader soccer games
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...I hate these sports parents...
I'm going through the same thing with my stepdaughter's soccer team. One of the parents walks the sideline yelling at his son through the entire game and none of it is encouraging. I actually feel bad for the kid.

I try to find a spot at least 50' away from any parent and stand there. I'm sure some people think I'm just anti-social but covering the 50' allows me to regain my composure before I fully hulk out.
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I'm sure some people think I'm just anti-social but covering the 50' allows me to regain my composure before I fully hulk out.

Who has a video camera?
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I try to find a spot at least 50' away from any parent and stand there. I'm sure some people think I'm just anti-social but covering the 50' allows me to regain my composure before I fully hulk out.


My Dad coached Little League baseball several years (he loved it so much, he'd coach even when neither my brother or I were playing), and was near fistfights somewhat frequently with shitty parents.

My Dad always made sure every kid got the league mandated 2 innings and one AB no matter what, even if it meant pulling a better player and possibly losing because of it.



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I'd watch my daughter play basketball in Jr. High, and I would "sound off".

Of course it was mostly "Nice try Ash", "You'll get it next time Ash", "Good Job Ash!".

I probably embarrassed her, but she'd always smile.
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Who has a video camera?
No video but this was taken with a camera phone at the last game, hence the grainy picture...
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I never saw the movie, but the thread made me think of this from what I saw in commercials...
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0384642/
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No video but this was taken with a camera phone at the last game, hence the grainy picture...

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I never saw the movie, but the thread made me think of this from what I saw in commercials...
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0384642/
Yup. Just like that except not funny.
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The Golden Sports Parent Rule should be "If you can't say something positive, you will be muzzled."

My oldest daughter is not the most coordinated kid on the block, but at seven she loved to play basketball with her pals on a community team. At one particularly tense game (score may have been a crazy 10-12), my child was thrown the ball.

A parent sitting directly behind me screeched "Oh, good God, Amber! Don't throw to HER! You know better! Sheesh..use your brain!" I counted to 10, then slowly swiveled on my aluminum bleacher seat to inflict what I call my super-human evil stare on the largemouth harpy behind me. She withered. Alas, blows were not exchanged, but she did not speak about my child again. In fact, she also chose to sit quite a ways from me the next game.
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was near fistfights somewhat frequently with shitty parents.
Having coached my son's baseball and football teams for the past 7 years, ask me how many times I had complaints filed on me by over-zealous parents for confronting them when they were acting like idiots. I had enough and officially "retired" after the 2005 football season, amidst another scandal.
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A parent sitting directly behind me screeched "Oh, good God, Amber! Don't throw to HER! You know better! Sheesh..use your brain!" I counted to 10, then slowly swiveled on my aluminum bleacher seat to inflict what I call my super-human evil stare on the largemouth harpy behind me. She withered. Alas, blows were not exchanged, but she did not speak about my child again. In fact, she also chose to sit quite a ways from me the next game.
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