Some parents have worse tantrums than their kids

What’s worse than a child throwing an unbelievable tantrum in a grocery store or restaurant?

Adults who pitch fits at kids’ sporting events.

Park district officials in Buffalo Grove, Ill., recently posted a new sign at ball fields that reads: “This is a game played by children. If they win or lose every game of the season, it will not impact what college they attend of their future potential income.”

“I just want to get back to what I was brought up with as a child – and that’s, ‘Let the kids play,’” says Dan Schimmel, the park district’s executive director.

Some youth sports leagues are even requiring parents to sign codes of conduct or recite pledges before games, promising in front of their children that they will behave, according to the Associated Press.

Buffalo Grove officials say some have questioned whether this is just another attempt to coddle children. Some wonder: Shouldn’t a young player learn to take criticism? And what’s wrong with a little competition, anyway?

But some parents lack maturity and common sense. For example, in Newark, N.J., parents allegedly beat up a Little League baseball ump because he wouldn’t call a game because it was too dark.

We’ve seen these types of parents in Jeff Davis, too, at tee-ball, Lil’ Dribblers, and recreational events, even on junior high and high school football fields. Sometimes the rantings are so ridiculous, you can only laugh at the adult – then pity the child or children who have to remain under those peoples’ reign until they are at least 18.

Though sports and recreational activities have a number of positive aspects, such as teaching health, commitment, responsibility, working with others, taking direction and more, it all boils down to a game. It’s understandable that events are taken more seriously for older high school students who might be eyeing athletic scholarships. Still, the parents who attend events to act as bullies instead of supporters should always be thrown out of a game, no matter who they are, who their child is or where the event is being held.

If pre-k students know by the end of week one of class that they must sit quietly and observe their lessons, certainly adults can comprehend that their loud-mouthed observations at games are neither needed nor appreciated.

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