I love watching my kids play sports. Tonight I’ll be headed to Friona, Texas to watch Parker and the Childress Bobcat basketball team as they start their district play. This is when the games start to really count. This is when the pressure really gets to you. This is when the parents really begin to FREAK OUT!
What is it about watching our kids playing sports that brings out the worst in the parents in the stands? In fact for some, when the kids play ball, it’s the adults that act more like children. I’m beginning to think that it’s at our children’s sporting events where we teach our kids good old-fashioned values like teamwork, fair play, sportsmanship – and punching someone out over a meaningless game!
Everyone has seen parents at a game go ballistic and berate their child, second guess every move the umpire, referee or coach makes or yell at other players. And the crazy part is … this is happening at sporting events where 6 year old kids are playing. SIX YEAR OLDS.
I’ve got two words for you parents who feel a need to scream at the ref because every call he makes is a horrible call … two words for you parents who can’t believe your child would ever foul someone, get a penalty or make a mistake … two words for you parents who think if your child loses this game it will be the end of the world … two words … GROW UP!!!
Tonight I’ll sit and watch Parker play basketball and cheer on the Bobcats. I have no doubt that there will be a few times I’ll have to bite my tongue because the ref will blow a call. It’s so important that our children play sports because it teaches them skills that they’ll need later on in life, but nothing can ruin that experience faster than a bunch of grown-ups acting like babies who could care less about sportsmanship.