Violence in Sport Feature Article

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Would you be okay with your child being involved in this???
It was the big championship youth football game in Corpus Christi, Texas, and the 5- and 6-year-old athletes were playing with all their hearts. With 10 seconds left on the clock, a coach charged the field and tackled a referee, knocking him unconscious and sparking a raucous brawl. Some parents jumped in to protect their kids, others to protect adults at the bottom of the pile. It happens in an instant. The intensity of the situation escalates and anger transfers to rage and some players act on these emotions without thinking about the repercussions. Unsportsmanlike behaviour such as taunting or showboating, presents an antagonistic situation that fuels another child's sense of anger, frustration or inferiority. Kids or parents, then lash out in response to this treatment. The gravity of the incident depends upon the individuals involved, as well as the situation. But whatever the reasoning, justifying the use of violence creates more unacceptable incidents of this kind. Parents are the reason why there is an increase in violence these days. As of a young age children are being taught that violence is acceptable, with their parents screaming “know his head off” and other violent statements being yelled at them from the sidelines. This might be the reason why of the almost 40 million children that play youth sports, 70 percent of them quit with the reason of: it's no longer fun. In the August 2001 issue of Sports Illustrated for Kids, a reader survey titled "Kids Speak Out: Violence in Youth Sports" stated that 57 percent of the 3,000 kids surveyed thought there was too much violence in youth sports. Some of the behaviour they stated as inappropriate included parents or coaches berating kids, officials and one another. In addition, Survey USA conducted a parent survey regarding violence in youth sports and found that 55 percent of the participants witnessed verbal disputes involving parents.

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