Youth sports are a great outlet for kids. They keep them active, they encourage participation and team building, and they're a great way for kids to begin to learn lessons that they'll carry with them for years to come. There are so many different kinds of youth sports and activities too, so really, something for everyone. But as great as it can be for your child to be a part of a team, there's also a dark side to youth sports. That dark side, unfortunately, usually involves the parents. If your kid plays a sport, you've probably seen this firsthand. A parent who loses control during games, who berates their child (or other kids!) for their performance. Parents take their frustrations out on their kids, the other team, coaches, and referees. It's embarrassing, to say the least. But it's also damaging to the kids who're just trying to play and have some fun.
A video taken at a youth basketball game in Rocklin, California shows just how far some parents will go, and it's disturbing and troubling. Sports parents - you have to do better.
The video was taken during a basketball game between Cornerstone Basketball Academy and Folsom Elite Basketball Academy at the Hardwood Palace. The facility was holding a 10-and-under tournament, and a woman seated in the stands was there to watch her 9-year-old son play. In the clip, which was recorded by another parent, you can see the mom stick her leg out in an attempt to trip another player on the opposing team. As the boy runs by dribbling the ball, he nearly trips and falls. Luckily, he was able to recover and continue with the play. The director of the Cornerstone team, Eugene Solano, even said that one of his players reported that the mom was encouraging her son's teammates to elbow the other players in the face! Needless to say, parents and fans are outraged.
The manager of the Hardwood Palace says that the mom has been identified and has been banned from future tournaments at the facility. The directors of the team her son plays for, Folsom Elite Basketball Academy, said in a statement that they have addressed the situation with the parent directly. Here's hoping this mom isn't allowed to participate in her son's sports activities anymore.