Youth sports often bring out the worst in parents. While watching children play or participate in a game they love should be fun and relaxing, things can often get out of hand when there are disagreements with the officiating or when the parents simply take the game far too seriously. What should have been a fun game of baseball between a group of 7-year-olds resulted in parents from both teams engaging in an all-out brawl after a dispute over a call made by a 13-year-old umpire.
The game was being played at City of Lakewood fields in Lakewood, Colorado, according to ABC News, when the fight broke out. It was midday on a Saturday afternoon and the according to local police, there was a disagreement about a call the teenage umpire made. Between 15 to 20 adults participated in the brawl in front of the two teams of 7-year-olds.
Lakewood Police posted a video of the brawl on their Twitter account, calling for anyone to come forward who can help identify those participating, looking for the identity of one man in particular. That man, wearing a white t-shirt and teal shorts, seems to be hitting anyone he can when they aren't looking, drawing the ire of those standing outside the field watching.
These adults took over the field and began assaulting each other on 6/15 during a youth baseball game. We're looking for any info, in particular to ID the man in the white shirt/teal shorts. Several people have already been cited in this fight and injuries were reported. pic.twitter.com/ieenhwCrbU— Lakewood Police (@LakewoodPDCO) June 18, 2019
Police have stated they have issued citations already in the case and that minor injuries were reported, with one person suffering serious bodily injury. Details on that injury weren't reported.
This isn't the first time a brawl has broken out in a children's sporting event. Last year parents at a girl's 12-and-under youth softball tournament erupted in a brawl, resulting in both teams being barred from tournament play while the parents were left unpunished.
People were swift to react to this recent brawl on social media, many appalled by the actions of these parents and adults. "I'm absolutely disgusted with what I just saw.. a melee at a 7 year old baseball game with a 13 year old umpire.. what's wrong with you people," wrote one commenter.
I'm absolutely disgusted with what I just saw.. a melee at a 7 year old baseball game with a 13 year old umpire.. what's wrong with you people. SMH. Everyone involved should be persecuted to the very max the law allows.— Gene Macias (@MaciasGene) June 18, 2019
"Shame on everyone" wrote another.
Shame on everyone.— Benzo (@Benzo_of_Earth) June 18, 2019
Others pointed out that parents like these have long been the problem in youth sports.
These “adults” are part of the problem with youth sports.— Phil Park (@philly_thefool) June 19, 2019
Sports are supposed to fun for children. A safe space where they can meet new friends, learn a new skill and get some exercise. Parents need to stop taking these youth sports so seriously and simply let the children have fun without adults ruining it for them.