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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

    LUCYQWERTY123
    well in my opinion i think its a sport cause its more of gymnastic and gymnastics is a sport so yeah :D :punk :nerd :nerd :nerd :punk :punk :punk
    reply 3 days
    1PhanTrash
    It's definitely an American thing - here in Australia we have like no Cheerleaders or Cheerleading groups. I think it's a sport but I'm not really into it. I think any girls or boys can do it. :3
    reply 3 days
    1PhanTrash
    "Dubadins" wrote: I have never been a cheerleader but I think it is a sport because it is very active and a lot of difficult looking moves. I agree
    reply 3 days
    Wolf74
    Wolf74 posted in Dance:
    use to like ballet and now gymnastics cause ballet does't suit me
    reply 4 days
    Enki
    Enki posted in Xtreme Sports:
    Sure, many girls can fight, in fact some can fight really well, however it is a fact that women are generally physically weaker than men, which means that if a healthy male and a healthy female were to fight then the outcome wouldn't be 50/50 but rather 25/75 if even that much, this assumes that both the male and female have the same experience, training and of course both are healthy. This doesn't mean that women are inferior to men, but I am just pointing out facts, the notion that men and women are exactly the same and should be carrying out the same tasks is ridiculous.
    reply 6 days