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Youth Sports Violence

Brawls at youth soccer games! Attacks on Little League umpires! What's going on? Are school and youth sports leagues becoming too violent? Kidzworld looks at violence in kids sports.

Violence in Sports - Parents Behaving Badly

Much of the violence that takes place at school football games or Little League Baseball games involves parents fighting with coaches, referees or each other. Here's a few examples of parents behaving badly.
  • Three parents were arrested after a full-scale brawl between parents, coaches and fans at a youth soccer game in San Diego in 2001.
  • In April 2005, the father of a Texas high school football player shot and wounded his son's football coach because he didn't think his son was getting enough playing time.
  • In 1999, a parent was convicted of assault after giving $2 to a 10-year-old Little League pitcher to hit a batter with a fastball.
  • In 2004, two teachers were arrested for fighting at a girls' basketball game in Alabamba, while a parent was arrested for punching the referee.
  • Violence in Sports - Solutions

    Fights, brawls and beatings at youth sporting events can really take the enjoyment out of sports. Sports are supposed to be a healthy way to have fun with friends - not a place to watch parents embarass themselves. Many sports leagues in North America now make parents take courses or sign a "code of conduct" on how to behave properly during their kids' games. Proper behavior includes not yelling at or taunting game officials, coaches, parents or players.

    Violence in Sports - What Do You Think?

    So, why does there seem to be more violence at your soccer games or school basketball games? Are the games being taken too seriously? Are parents and coaches just having problems staying under control? about your stories of violence in sports.

    Comments From:
    crimsonandgreen
    I was at a wrestling tournament. I didn't see the whole thing, but I saw dads and coaches fighting each other during a wrestling match. I thought that was the stupidest thing ever a person could do. Especially coaches and dads who should be setting an example for the kids.

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    What Causes Violence At Sporting Events?

    • Parents and fans are too out of control.
    • The games are just too intense.
    • The coaches take the games too seriously.
    • I don't really think it's a problem.

    Sports In The Forums

    unicornsrule626
    "rainbowpoptart" wrote:I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise).competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionallyDoes cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes.pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too.Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has.It is a form of exercise and entertainment.It is a sport.Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything.Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy. very well said! I was a cheerleader for 2 years until  I aged out, but let ,e tell you, they were 2 of the best,sweaty and most fun years I have ever had
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    rainbowpoptart
    I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise). competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionally Does cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes. pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise  Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too. Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has. It is a form of exercise and entertainment. It is a sport. Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything. Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy.
    reply about 6 hours
    angelover4
    CHEERLEADING IS LIKE DANCE GYMNASTICS MIXED TOGETHER WITH WORDS. AND DANCE AND GYMNASTICS ARE CONSIDERED SPORTS.
    reply about 8 hours
    angelover4
    I BELIVE ITS A SPORT JUST LIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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    angelover4
    I BEL ITS A SPORT JUS TLIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
    reply about 8 hours