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(Daily Mail)   Youth sport leagues are now erecting barricades around the fields to keep pushy parents away from the refs   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 47
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2008-07-15 10:29:40 PM
WHY WON'T THEY LET ME LIVE VICARIOUSLY THROUGH MY CHILDREN!
 
2008-07-15 10:30:04 PM
Just shoot the first one who comes on the field. The rest will fall in line.
 
2008-07-15 10:30:25 PM
there is no need for the barricade, just arm the refs
 
2008-07-15 10:31:54 PM
My friend's dad is so funny about jeering refs. My favorite is "IF YOU HAD ONE MORE EYE, YOU'D BE A CYCLOPS!" Who the hell hits a ref? It's just a game.
 
2008-07-15 10:32:37 PM
Well we sure have a lot more incidents of asshole parents assaulting both blues and players than we have of terrorists hijacking planes.
 
2008-07-15 10:33:34 PM
I'm surprised one solution didn't involve installation of CCTV cameras on the field. That seems to keep the UK citizens in line, or increase the budgets of the local law enforcement. Take your pick.
 
2008-07-15 10:35:41 PM
I was at a ten-year old-ish basketball game once where the ref called about six technicals on various groups of parents. The kids were on the bench facepalming.
 
2008-07-15 10:36:28 PM
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2008-07-15 10:36:55 PM
You had me at 'erecting'
 
2008-07-15 10:37:57 PM
How about NO parents at games? Or let the kids make the call whether their parents can attend? Or just let only the grandparents attend - they're an older generation, they can probably behave themselves...
 
2008-07-15 10:39:56 PM
Came for the Randy Marsh reference and was not disappointed.
 
2008-07-15 10:40:51 PM
Snakeophelia: How about NO parents at games? Or let the kids make the call whether their parents can attend? Or just let only the grandparents attend - they're an older generation, they can probably behave themselves...

Exactly. Have all the kids take a cab to the game, and call a cab to get home.
Heh.
 
2008-07-15 10:43:24 PM
youth sports league and erection...

to make a chris hanson reference or not: that is the question
whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
the slings and arrows of outrageous cliche
or to take arms and think of something witty

huh?
 
2008-07-15 10:45:04 PM
How bout having a policy that if the parent acts like an ass, kick them out and ban them from the next game. If they do it again, ban them for the season. Problem solved.
 
2008-07-15 10:47:27 PM
Snakeophelia: How about NO parents at games? Or let the kids make the call whether their parents can attend? Or just let only the grandparents attend - they're an older generation, they can probably behave themselves...

Or we just take away their walkers.
 
2008-07-15 10:49:23 PM
30 years ago when I was playing Little League, those "barricades" were called "the fence".
 
2008-07-15 10:54:01 PM
Wulfman: 30 years ago when I was playing Little League, those "barricades" were called "the fence".

It's in England and it's soccer or football or kick a volleyball around for a couple hours only scoring a few times if any or whatever the hell they call it over there. I played soccer when I was 7 or 8. The parents got to stand right on the sidelines. I scored a couple goals and I really liked the orange slices and capri suns.
 
2008-07-15 10:56:29 PM
Spiffjiggins: How bout having a policy that if the parent acts like an ass, kick them out and ban them from the next game. If they do it again, ban them for the season. Problem solved.

I think some leagues do have that policy, but no matter how much common sense you try to use in your rules, the parents will ignore it. I coached rec football for two years and my youngest daughter plays soccer in and outdoor for a good portion of the year. I've facepalmed so much I've got carpal tunnel. For every five or six parents who are normal, good parents you have one who is just plain crazy. The kind who think their kid is the next Pele', Ray Lewis or Michael Jordan. Parents screaming obscenities during games, yelling at their own kids' coaches, yelling worse things at the opposing teams' kids and coaches, it's madness. I've heard hockey youth league is even worse, but I've never seen it myself. All in all, some parents just need to be outright banned, restraining orders and the whole shebangabang. Funny thing is, the women are, in my experience, crazier and louder than the men.
 
2008-07-15 11:02:05 PM
I feel bad for the kids.
My parents never would have behaved this way.
Nor will I ever behave this way.
It's a cycle, I guess.
 
2008-07-15 11:02:43 PM
T-Luv: I really liked the orange slices

www.coloredgolfballsonline.com

You just described my golf game.
 
2008-07-15 11:05:44 PM
Why not just give the refs tasers? Hopefully that will make the parents think twice about acting up. If not...

"OH COME ON REF THAT WAS HOR-BZZZZAP"
 
2008-07-15 11:09:13 PM
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Try and heckle this kid. 6'8, 256. Gotta be another Danny Almonte.
 
2008-07-15 11:19:03 PM
How about the kids go to a lot somewhere with no adults at all and pick teams and play.

/Works for any sport.
 
2008-07-15 11:22:25 PM
H_is_for_Heretic: Try and heckle this kid. 6'8, 256. Gotta be another Danny Almonte.

Um... what 6'8" kid? I only see...
/boys with long hair that have been banned from school?
 
2008-07-15 11:33:44 PM
Brakefornobody: Just shoot the first one who comes on the field. The rest will fall in line.

Anyone have load data for a 110 grain V-Max in a 308 Winchester? That should eliminate the chance of overpenetration.

/Just kidding
//I already have the load data.
 
2008-07-15 11:41:25 PM
Supply the refs/umps with paintball guns. A parent crosses the line...*whoosh*

/no warning shots
//two coaches get into a dispute, they get this and ten paces...
 
2008-07-15 11:53:47 PM
what happened to the hero tag?

A linesman once kindly offered to use his flag to perform an emergency colonoscopy on the dad of one of my teammates in U-12. Fun times! Maybe junior clubs should be fined for fan behavior, like professional clubs are.
Or maybe refs should just be allowed to call penalties on the offending parents' team.

/Death rate among junior league referees skyrockets...
 
2008-07-16 12:09:20 AM
Lemon-Lime Malthus: You had me at 'erecting'

I showed up for this. Thanks.
 
2008-07-16 12:12:51 AM
Snakeophelia: How about NO parents at games? Or let the kids make the call whether their parents can attend? Or just let only the grandparents attend - they're an older generation, they can probably behave themselves...

Then who's left to harrass the pedophiles?
Honestly if you think a majority of kids can make a decision that involves their parents without their parents deciding for them you're completely nuts.
 
2008-07-16 12:21:54 AM
Crosshair: ...a 110 grain V-Max in a 308 Winchester? That should eliminate the chance of overpenetration.

Try the 55 gr Remington Accelerator. The 'yotes go *poof* when you get a body hit.

/my chickens...you no can has them!
 
2008-07-16 12:46:47 AM
THIS is probably one of the best ideas this century so far, just make sure they have bells on them so that if a parent tries to move one to get to the opposing player/ref there will be a warning so everyone can get out of the way.

There have been FAR to many incidents of refs getting the crud beat out of them, even DYING, as well as ten year olds being hit by adults that we have to do something or else the exercise and "self esteem" that can happen in sports will dry up with no one willing to referee
 
2008-07-16 01:00:47 AM
I get increasingly more upset as the years go by that this is the kind of world we live in. Absolutely pathetic behavior by the parents and unfortunately this unnecessary "hot temper" syndrome that you see out there has an impact on the kids and you start seeing them emulating the dad all the while the dad is back there smiling.

Pathetic. Parents involved like that need to get a life.
 
2008-07-16 01:06:02 AM
jaggle: what happened to the hero tag?

I came in here to say this. Parents who aggressively or violently live vicariously through their children are only detrimental to any enjoyment the kid may have participating in the game. I say this is a step in the right direction.
 
2008-07-16 02:24:35 AM
Spiffjiggins: How bout having a policy that if the parent acts like an ass, kick them out and ban them from the next game. If they do it again, ban them for the season. Problem solved.

I umped little league for 1 year and quit because of the parents. More often than not you kick them out of the game they get more aggressive and more in your face. I remember one story of an ump getting his car keyed and nasty phone messages on his answering machine after tossing a parent because the parent refused to leave the dugout.

.... and they wonder why they don't have a high retention rate on umpires.
 
2008-07-16 04:58:06 AM
Know a rugby referee who told a parent that if he didn't STFU that he'd end the match and the team would be forfeiting the game.

The parent decided to STFU.
 
2008-07-16 07:59:45 AM
I umpired on a volunteer basis for little league baseball a few years ago. While the majority of parents are good. Some take it absolutely too far. My final straw came when a manager of a team came out to argue a call with me that happened 10 pitches before. I advised him of the rules that if he wanted to discuss any protest to a play that he would have had to conference with me before the next pitch was thrown. I would have gladly discussed it with him. He decided rather than follow the rules that he would like to shove me in my chest. It was at that time, I threw him out of the game and he refused to leave the field. The little league board member on duty was summoned to the field and both myself and the manager as well as the field umpire explained the situation. The board member refused to uphold me tossing the manager out of the game for shoving an official. But did uphold the call that play should resume without a protest as the rules stated that any protest has to be filed before the next pitch. It was at this point I removed my mask and chest protector, and the field umpire I was working with calmly walked off the field. I refused to ever umpire for that league again. Later I found out that the board member that was summoned to the field was actually the wife of the manager that shoved me. I knew there was a reason why she would not back me up in the ejection of the manager. The parents are the ones ruining the games not the kids.
 
2008-07-16 09:20:21 AM
My kids have played various sports over the years. When my oldest was 4 she tried soccer (hated it). Anyway, the other parents would freak out...I don't get it.

Now my middle boy plays soccer (loves it). I've never seen any parents freak out here, but I was reading how, when the new season starts, the parents will be on the ends of the field with the kids on the sides. So, I'm sure some butthead parent went nuts somewhere. Oh well, whatever.

At my youngest kids t-ball games (he hated it, b/c he didn't realize the games take an hour)...t-ball...parents were yelling at their kid to do this or that better. Like the kids gonna get into the majors and buy the folks a big, fancy house...Oh, and it was a girl...Girls aren't in the majors !?! Are they???
 
2008-07-16 09:28:17 AM
whatever happened to good ole' heckling? My grandfather did it all the time...to BOTH teams! The best was during one of my games, someone on my team hit a lazy pop fly to short center. Right before the kid attempted to catch the ball, gramps yells out "watch out for the bicycle!" Needless to say, the kid dropped the ball. Half the parents were pissed, the other half laughing their asses off!
that's all...you may continue
 
2008-07-16 09:29:58 AM
Arm the refs with tazers.

/the jiggity goodness :D
 
2008-07-16 09:33:44 AM
StoneColdAtheist: Crosshair: ...a 110 grain V-Max in a 308 Winchester? That should eliminate the chance of overpenetration.

Try the 55 gr Remington Accelerator. The 'yotes go *poof* when you get a body hit.

/my chickens...you no can has them!


WOW look how much these guys know about guns!
 
2008-07-16 10:10:36 AM
Ahh, all this does is remind me of how much I love reffing hockey sometimes.

To all of you refs, try reffing hockey. Although, you at least have plexiglass to protect you.
 
2008-07-16 10:21:04 AM
I'm an American Football Ref. Let me tell you... I'd rather ref the two greatest teams in a championship game where one call can mean the difference in the game than to ref pee-wee football. Yes, the crowds at PeeWee are worse than the more serious teams. Parents think you are singling out there poor little Billy on each play....
 
2008-07-16 10:54:42 AM
I referee soccer and I have to deal with this shiat all the time. Parents who think they know the game better than the ref are retards and should be beaten. I refereed a game where one of the players was the daughter of one of my high school teachers. He didn't like a call I made and decided to make my life in his class hell for the rest of the semester. I hated that guy so much.

/Getting a kick out of these comments
//Like the idea of giving refs tazers
 
2008-07-16 11:03:23 AM
I used to play hockey when I was a kid. Parents and families were loud, but I never saw crazy parents.

One of my friends played soccer, and sometimes I went to his games or practices. What I found interesting was that there were very few parents there. The games actually tended to be after school during business hours, so parents couldn't actually go. Everyone could concentrate on the game, rather then have parents screaming and interfering.
 
2008-07-16 11:57:38 AM
Threads and articles like this make me happy inside.
 
2008-07-16 12:23:34 PM
I don't get it -- it is a game. Adult league or child league. I've seen appalling scenes at adult "bar league" games. Guys ripping into the ref, etc. Childish at best, embarrassing to all adult humans. If you don't like the call, tough, the ref is the final say. Oh, and remember, this is a rec. league, BFD if the call wasn't "right."

Sad really.
 
2008-07-16 03:57:26 PM
We had to live with this nonsense when our kids were growing up playing Little League and softball. Parents who are also morons and frenzied idiots, that is. Then one of our boys started playing soccer, and they had the right idea. First incident from a parent = warning. Second incident from a parent of that team = ejection of that parent from the property (5 minutes to leave until forfeit). Third incident from a parent of a team = forfeit. Heard there was a forfeit less than 5 minutes into a game.

/and those little nuts won't fall far from the trees when they grow up, either.
 
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