Are you a bad sports parent?


The following post contains graphic and objectionable language. If you are easily offended by language of this nature, I suggest you move on to the next blog now.

“Swing the bat you little puta,” a parent yelled at his 8 year old son.  I never knew what this meant until I asked one of my Spanish speaking friends. For those of you who didn’t know, he was saying, “Swing you little bitch!” Now I know why the kid wouldn’t swing. I guess little bitches don’t swing.

That’s just one of the things I’ve seen as sports parent of a 9 year old boy. I don’t know if it gets worse than that, but there’s more.

I’ve seen a parent yell at an umpire: “You better run to your car mother fucker!” The umpire made a call that changed the outcome of a 10 and under baseball game.

I’ve seen a coach of a 12 year old baseball team throwing bats and yes, the Gatorade cooler on the field. Who does he think he is, Billy Martin? Bobby Cox? Lou Pinella?

I asked someone next to me what was wrong with the Gatorade throwing coach and I got an even scarier answer. ” Oh that’s just the way “Greg” is. Besides, he’s just yelling at his son,” they guy said. Almost fell out of my chair.

I recently saw a parent barking orders at his son at a basketball practice.  “Stop fucking double dribbling!” he yelled. Worse yet, his wife yelled something to their son and he told her to “shut the fuck up.”

I’ve seen lesser players taken out of a baseball game so a better player could participate.  The reason?  They were misbehaving.  Odd how the same kid misbehaved two different times in two different games right before it was his turn to bat.

So I’ve been around sports with my son for about 4 years now.  I must say that I have seen the gigantic majority of parents and coaches to be supportive of the officials and the kids. But this stuff just sticks out to me.

Help me out here. What do you think is wrong with these bad sports parents? Did they have a subpar athletic background themselves?  Are they trying to live vicariously through their 8,9 or 10 year old? Do they really think that their child is going to land one of the 480 NBA player jobs?  These are our cherubs we’re talking about. Please let me know what you think.

~Mike

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