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Parents: Please Stop Ruining Youth Sports

A couple of weeks ago I attended one of the most horrifying youth basketball games I’ve ever watched since the time I began coaching.

I won’t specify where it was or which teams participated, but I will give you the details so that hopefully others can learn from them.

I entered the gym as a U12 girls game was about to commence. I’m assuming it was a grand final since the stands were near completely filled.

There were numerous banners being held up and many of the spectators were dressed up in the colors of the teams warming up on the court.

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27 Ways to be an Awesome Youth Sports Parent

Shouting abusive comments, stomping their feet, yelling at the referees, mocking the coach; we all know a negative youth sports parent when we see one.

These images are never a good sight at a youth basketball game. The other parents sitting in close proximity feel embarrassed to be associated with them and their own child watches on in bewilderment at the actions of their parent. There’s really no place for a parent that acts this way in youth sports.

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