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Overzealous Parents


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Taren Bradd
Mrs. Burton
English 4/ Period 5
January 25, 2011
Overzealous Parents There is one at almost every sporting event. They are parents that yell outrageously at the players, coaches, and referees, disrupting the sporting event, or pausing games. Even though there are other families and younger children around. These are parents that are displaying unsportsmanlike conduct and sometimes even violent behavior. Over the years there are more and more parents that are becoming over involved in their children’s sporting activities. Parents today are demonstrating over involvement, over spending, and are over booking their children in youth sports and extracurricular activities.
Sports are supposed to be fun and competitive but more fun and entertaining than anything. Parental over involvement is becoming a problem because they can take the fun out of sports for the kids. Parent’s voices can go along way. Yelling and cheering on players and teams is a good thing. Parents should be excited and giving the kids good complements. But when parents display bad sportsmanship it is a different story. As parents are yelling mean statements they are not thinking about how that might make that kid feel. The child’s parents are most likely around somewhere and may get upset as well. If kids are hearing insults and inappropriate words yelled at them the game would also become less fun and hard to focus on. Some kid’s use it to their advantage, and play better because they want to prove themselves. But that’s not always the case. College and professional sports are seen everywhere in current society. Sports are on TV, in newspapers, on signs and bulletins, and most big cities have an arena or stadium for teams to play in. The majorities of families have seen or follow sports. With that being said, a lot of little kids growing up dream to be a professional or just play for their favorite college. Dreams change for kids all the time one minute they want to be a professional baseball player the next they want to be something else entirely. However, a number of youth feel pressured from their parents to become college and professional athletes. For these children and teens, sports can become stressful and not enjoyable. Often kids play sports to make their parents happy. Parents should not want their children playing just to make them happy. Parents should want their kids to play so it is enjoyable for the kids and make the kids happy. “Parents often want their children to play sports to fulfill the parent’s dreams. When kids play only to satisfy their parents, they often feel pressured. It is difficult to play freely and intuitively (Cohn).
Some parents take their children’s sports to seriously, and go to extra measures just so they can win. As their children become teens parents may get them to take performance enhancing drugs. It has also been said that some parents take their children to have parts of their bodies removed for a better performance level. Another way parents can take it too seriously is by tampering with their child’s equipment to make them look or play better. They may try to get away with using equipment that has been banned for safety reasons. One example of that is the use of baseball bats that are on a banned list. These bats typically project the ball farther, but can be very dangerous to an infielder of they are hit with the ball at those speeds. Parents do these things even though their child or someone else’s could get hurt or even killed. Parents pressure their children to win at all costs. Some parents will do anything to win, even though they aren’t even playing (Abrams). Parents should take a step back and ask their kids if they are being too hard on them or if they are feeling pressured. Parents also should make sure that their child actually wants to play the sport. They should not have to force him/her to play. Sports are not as fun when certain kids are not putting forth their best effort because they don’t really want to play. It hurts the team and the player that’s not playing as hard could get hurt easier. So if parents force their kids to play, it often is not very enjoyable for them. The kids could get stressed out, and not play as freely or as good as they would play if they where having fun.
From eyewitness accounts at a youth basketball game a controversy broke out over low playing time. A parent walked out on the court and stopped the game to take his children out of the game. One of his kids played all the time, but one didn’t get any playing time in that particular game. He also made the coaches aware by yelling that several other players had not gotten put in that game either. The parent was upset because it was nearing the end of the game and he didn’t think it was fair that some hadn’t gotten to play yet. Instead of taking the kids out of the game, this could have been handled very differently. Again, parents need to understand they are setting an example not only for their own children but countless others who may be there watching.
Parents however are also paying more money and spending too much time on building their child’s athletic abilities. Greater competition for scholarships and the lure of professional sports has motivated many parents to send their kids at early ages to specialized training facilities. Also parents are investing large amounts of time and money into the athletic development of their children (Cummings and Ewing 1). Here are some examples of parents spending too much time and over spending on their kid, and maybe forcing the sport on them as well. Found in the article Youth sports: When are sports parents too involved. A sports parent began training his son at age 4 to become a pro football player. The dad quit his job to facilitate his son’s coaching. By the time the boy was twelve he spent ten hours per day training with his father. That’s more then some kids go to school per day. Evan Stermer is a 15 year old pitcher that can pitch up tot 80 mph. He played for the U.S. Olympic under 14 team in Mexico. One of his goals is to get a college scholarship. Another goal he has in mind s to get drafted to the pros straight out of high school. To achieve the goals he has set, Evan’s parents pay $5900 per year for private coaching. That’s not including expenses to be on teams and travel (Lomartire).
Sports have come a long way since the old days. The players that are involved are bigger, faster, and stronger. So the games are a little faster paced. Since players want to get bigger and faster to keep up and be the best they can be. They are spending lots of time in the gym working out and going to special camps and trainers to better them selves. Most all of these efforts cost money. Gym memberships, athletic camps, speed and agility camps, trainers are only a few examples. Most parents want their kids to be the best. They think if there child is bigger than they will be better. So parents are going out and spending money on things like steroids, protein, creatine, and other supplements thinking it will enhance their children’s abilities and skill levels.
In the long run when these parents have done all this to make sure their children have every advantage it may have severe consequences. When the parents have put this much time, effort and finances into their children’s sports it may cause an abnormal amount of stress. That stress may cause a parent to blow up at any given time. They may argue verbally or in some cases physically with coaches, referees, or even other parents at times. This behavior is very disturbing to say the least. Most programs need responsible parent volunteers to make them run smoothly. It is important that parents remember to set good examples and display boundaries when involved with any youth sports program.
The NASO (National Association of Sports Officials) receives more than 100 reports annually that involve physical contact between coaches, players, fans and officials (Topp). A few examples of parents showing violent tendencies involving youth sports are in the following summaries. In Kentucky, Roger Bratcher, a father of a T-ball player was briefly jailed after an outburst against an umpire moments before walking onto the field and starting a fight with Eddie Smith, who was officiating the game, according to the criminal complaint. A girl who was playing in the game suffered a minor injury when she was struck in the face during the scuffle. In July of 2003, in Florida, a 20 year veteran umpire is attacked by the coach after he disagrees with the umpires call. The coach “sucker punches” the umpire as the umpire is walking away and breaks his jaw. Another example took place in June of 2000 in Pennsylvania. A former police officer was convicted of soliciting assault for giving a 10 year old Little League pitcher $2 to hit another youngster with a fastball (Topp). For more examples of outrageously violent behavior from over involved parents, there are a number of videos posted on YouTube.
The final issue regarding over involved parents in youth sports is hyper-parenting. Hyper parenting is when parents over schedule their children with extra curricular activities. When this happens, kids can become unhappy and stressed out. This can lead to teens being rebellious and even turning to drug and alcohol to help them relax and cope with the stress. Parents are becoming involved with every detail of their children’s lives. Not just their children’s athletic careers, but also their academic and social lives. Parents are forgetting to let their children be what they are, and that’s to be children. Most cases of parents that start acting like hyper parents usually are people that live in the middle and upper middle class (“Over Involved Parents”).
It is well documented that many youth sports programs couldn’t be run without the time and dedication of well intentioned parents. Parents should show their support and encourage all the children, at all times. When doing this they need to remember not to go overboard and fall in the category of an over involved parent. They need to act like role models for the children. “People see the vast majority of children having fun and joyfully learning new skills under the watchful eye of caring mentors. The playing fields of youth sports are populated neither by angels nor devils but human beings who often act well, but who sometimes do not” (Sheilds). The quote is saying how people mainly see the good that comes out of youth sports not so much the bad. It also implies that sports are played by humans who often make mistakes.
In conclusion, while parent involvement is always encouraged, it should be done in a way that benefits the children and doesn’t hurt or discourage them. Parents today are becoming increasingly involved in their children’s sporting events. They are engaging in violent, abusive and controlling behavior toward referees, other fans coaches and athletes. Youth sports are supposed to be fun and have a lot of physical, emotional and social benefits. Most are, but some parents take it to an extreme. Over involved parents often take the fun out of things for everyone. Parents today are becoming over involved, sometimes without even knowing it. These parents are over spending and over booking their children in youth sports and extra curricular activities.
Little League, youth soccer, hockey, Pop Warner and many others depend mostly on parents to volunteer their time and expertise. Countless hours go into making sure these programs thrive and progress into new stages. A lot of kids wouldn’t be where they are today if it wasn’t for some of these programs. In most cases the benefits of youth sports and the parents that run them outweigh the bad. This paper has touched on points that need to be taken into account by any parent wishing to be part of their own or any other child’s youth sports experience. Be involved, but not over involved. Be a parent but don’t hyper parent. Be competitive but don’t be violent. Be a good role model. Parents shape the lives of many.

Works Cited
Abrams, Douglas E. "The Challenge Facing Parents and Coaches in Youth Sports: Assuring Children Fun and Equal Opportunity." LexisNexis. 1 Jan. 2002. Web. 14 Dec. 2011.
Cohn, Patrick and Lisa. “Youth Sports: When are Sports Parent’s too Involved?.” The Ultimate Sports Parents blog. N.P., 3 Jan. 2008. Web. 8 Nov. 2011.
Cumming, Sean P, and Martha E. Ewing. “Parental Involvement in Youth Sports: The Good the Bad the Ugly.” Web. 10 Nov. 2011
“Over Involved Parents.” Teen Ink. 1 Jan 2009. Web. 13 Oct. 2011.
Lomartire, Paul. "Over-Involved Parents in Sport." I Speak of Dreams. 22 Aug. 2004. Web. 14 Dec. 2011.
Sheilds, David L, Brenda L. Bredemeier, Nicole M. Lavoi, and Clark F. Power. “The Sports Behavior of Youth Parents and Coaches the Good the Bad the Ugly.” 2005. Web. 13 Nov. 2011.
Topp, Bill. "Recent Violent Behavior Incidents in Youth Sports." National Association of Sports Officials. 1 Feb. 1996. Web. 15 Dec. 2011.

Works Consulted
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