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Trying Hard Not To Name Name's

I don't enjoy being in the stands, or anywhere near other parents, during a child's sporting event. Most people are so competitive that they lose their sense of right and wrong and become the biggest JERKS!!! (To put it so-o-o-o politely.)

I feel I can support both teams. I want the kids to have a good time. Of course I would like it if my child's team won, but if the game is well played by both sides, good sportsmanship, talent being discovered, kids laughing and having fun, then I don't care who wins.

My oldest is in 6th grade and decided to join her grades volleyball team (a little bribery with chocolate helped ;-> ). The volleyball season went pretty well. Her team got better with every game and she looked forward to Saturdays - not the 9:00am games though, we all still had to get up early. Well the season ended with a tournament last Saturday. And, unfortunately, it ended on the worst note possible. And that is all thanks to the 6th grade volleyball team from Glencoe Elementary in Portland, OR.

The children from Glencoe Elementary 6th grade volleyball team swore at the kids on our team during the game and flipped them off. The 6th grade volleyball coach from Glencoe Elementary was verbally abusive to his team AND to ours. It was out of control.

I will be researching the rules and regulations of Portland Parks and Recreation to see what can be done to prevent this from happening again. I will be contacting the Principal of Glencoe Elementary to see what she has to say for their schools representation.

I’m proud of our team; they did the best they could. I’m proud of our parents; they held it together as best they could. The team should look back on the season knowing they proved themselves worthy of being in the tournament and proud for pushing through when faced with such hostility. Great job Astor Eagles!

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10 comments:

  1. Oh crap i might be one of those competitive parents LOL....

    I am super competitive. My WHOLE family is super competive. I am not a crazy person well wait ,, let me take that back I am ..OMG....


    Glad it was fun :)

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  2. It is really too bad it had to end on such a sour note! Honestly, what is WRONG with people?

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  3. That stinks!! Let us know how it goes!!

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  4. So very glad cheerleading is over so I don't have to deal with that until next season which will be in the blink of an eye. We had more drama with this kind of stuff this year. The sad thing is, it's the parents who get all bent out of shape when something happens and the kids seem to care less. Truly for the kids in youth sports, it seems to be more about fun for them. I hate those competitive parents. I just want everyone to have fun.

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  5. I am not looking forward to this part of parenting!
    It seems like every time I turn around it gets a little worse.

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  6. Its the worst side of being a parent I think. We LOVE our sons football team BUT we often encounter rival teams from not so great parts of the state that behave in the same way. And the parents arent much better! UGH

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  7. The real world is going to hand all those kids their asses in paper bags if they aren't given better role models stat. I actually feel very sincerely sorry for them.

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  8. All 3 of my kids play competitive soccer so we travel all over and also have other clubs come to our fields from all over. Some parents are NUTS! It drives me crazy how they act. If my kid plays, has fun and did their best it was a great game in my eyes, win or lose. We've had parents from other teams from my youngests age division (and he's 7) go crazy at games. I don't understand it. There's one dad from his team who always yells at his kid "So and so why aren't you asking for the ball" or he'll yell at the boys on the team telling them all to pass to his son. I think sometimes parents try to live through their kids. It's sad.

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  9. GRUMBLE!!! I get so mad when stuff like this happens and it happens way too much!

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  10. I am SO with you on this. Can't stand that kind of violent, non-friendly play. There's no reason for it, and I hope something comes of your behind-the-scenes work on this!

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