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Youth Sports Officials, Referees Dropping Out Due to Parents’ Belligerent Behavior



sports officials and referees are quitting their jobs at record rates
because of parents’ poor behavior during games, reports said. The
National Federation of State High School Associations said 80 percent
of officials quit before they reached the third-year mark on the job.
A Fox News report stated, “One driving force behind the trend is
increasingly abusive and belligerent behavior by parents, including
verbal abuse, threats and even fights.” In June, Breitbart News
reported that a brawl broke out between parents at a youth baseball
game in Lakewood, Colorado, after a teenage umpire made some
“questionable calls”: The Lakewood Police Department said it
later identified the 12 individuals involved in the incident and
cited them for disorderly conduct. On September 14, two people were
wounded when a gunman opened fire at a peewee football game in Fort
Worth, Texas, according to Breitbart News. The
report said when a fight began between players on the field, a mother
allegedly called her older son, who arrived soon after with a firearm
and proceeded to shoot. “[The
gunman] was shooting at our sideline,” said coach Jonathan
Cunningham. “He was standing at the top of the hill. You could see
him pointing down shooting directly at the kids. So we checked on our
players, our kids, making sure everyone was OK. That’s when we
noticed one of our parents was shot.” High school baseball
umpire Bob Player, who’s been on the field for 34 years in
Long Island, New York, said true sportsmanship is becoming a thing of
the past.