Training the Parent for Sport Essay

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Training the Parent for Sport

Imagine a beautiful spring afternoon at a community soccer match for young children in the area. The game begins with an enjoyable and exciting atmosphere. The kids are running their hearts out chasing down the ball and the parents watching seem so incredibly proud of their little Johnny or little Suzy. Everyone seems to be having fun. Then, simply be accident, one of the players trips and falls on the field. He or she gets up unhurt but the player’s parent is sent into a torrent yelling and screaming that their child’s fall was a result of foul play. The parent becomes louder and when the coach tries to calm the parent down, the parent throws a punch at the coach. A fight ensues, the
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Instead of being in the supportive position that parents should be, they get so wrapped up in their child’s play that they yell and scream verbal abuse and sometimes get physically abusive. So in response to this problem I propose to the coaches that they should require all parents to attend mandatory training classes about proper behavior at sporting events, after which they should sign a binding Code of Conduct that if violated would result in a suspension from any sporting event.

When parents sign up their children for their respective sport each parent should be required to attend mandatory training classes before being allowed to attend an event. The class would encourage good sportsmanship, positive reinforcement, and keeping youth sports in its proper perspective. It would teach parents that they should place the emotional and physical well being of their children ahead of their own personal desire to win, teach them how to be a respectful fan, and to refrain from using vulgar language. It would also urge parents to be helpful to the team in other ways like assisting the coach in organizing events, providing transportation, or helping out at a concession stand.

These mandatory training classes would include a video, role-play, discussion with other parents, and other techniques teaching proper behavior at youth sport

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