Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Parents Need to Get A Grip at Youth Sporting Events.

Here in the U.S. we take our high school sports seriously.  Sometimes, too seriously.  For example, an Elgin, Illinois father may have become a little over the top in regards to his 17 year-old daughter.  It appears that  John Kasik was arrested after he allegedly threatened his daughter's volleyball coach after she was removed from a game.  The 61 year-old Kasik should have known better.  Now he is charged with misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct.  In addition he is faced with felony telephone harassment related to the incident.  It appears the hostility all arises because Kasik's daughter was removed  from the team during a playoff match.  Over the top, yes. Unprecedented? No.

Last month, a Pennsylvania man was charged with making terroristic threats after allegedly saying he would “put a bullet” in the head of the coach of his son's youth football team if his son was benched. Similarly, during a Memorial Day pee-wee baseball game a Long Island, N.Y. father threatened to beat up the opposing coach.  The suspect than allegedly stalked and threatened the opposing coach and his family for months.   Furthermore, numerous fights have occurred between fans at youth sporting events all too often.
Recent events scream for an attitude adjustment in order to keep matters in proper perspective. Consider the following quote by Charles R. Swindoll:

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”-Charles R. Swindoll

All suspects are innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law.


Anonymous said...

PARENTS NEED TO GET A GRIP INDEED! My ex was a maniac when it came to my daughters sports. Yelling, screaming, demanding perfection. I was so glad to dump that poor excuse for a parent!

Anonymous said...

Blowing off a little steam is sometimes better than keeping it all inside.

Anonymous said...

Divorced parents are the worst! They seldom agree on anything the kid does expecially how and when he or she plays a sport.