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Fri, Jan. 24

Letter: Parents acting like spoiled kids

This is a reply to Justin Smith, who needs an answer as to why parents get ejected from Little League games. Mr. Smith, this is my seventh year as a Junior Division coach for Kingman South Little League. I have served as vice president of the league for four years and coaching coordinator for a year. I've been a board member for six years as well. If you can't figure out why parents are being ejected, open your ears in the stands. The verbal abuse being delivered to the umpires this year is appalling. If the parents can't leave their four-letter words at home, then they should stay away from the ballpark. We're trying to teach the kids how to play ball, have fun and be a good sport. This is hard to do with all the moaning, groaning and cussing going on in the stands. And the belligerent parents just seem to feed off each other, until the whole stands turn ugly.

Most of these young umpires are former players, and I'm sure they know the Little League rules better than most parents in attendance. As for some of the more complex rules that seldom come into play, I myself do not know them all. That's why we carry a rule book, so we can look up these rules. I assure you there has been no "favoritism" at these games. One former umpire didn't know how to be unbiased and was quite misguided in his attempts to manage the games. Hence the reason he's a former umpire.

With very few exceptions, these young men do a great job running these games. I commend them for their hard work under very difficult conditions this season. The parents have made this year the worst I have seen. They should be embarrassed not only for their poor taste in expressing negative feedback, but should be embarrassed for the way they act in front of their own children. Is this really what we want to teach our kids?

If parents want to make comments at the games, please make them positive. If you can't make a positive comment, then please don't make any at all. If you must, walk away, get yourself under control and come back and finish watching the game. Or else, just go away, and stay there! Save your children the embarrassment of watching their parent get ejected at a youth sporting event.

Don Doughty


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