A week after the Super Bowl and watching the Harbaugh brothers throw tantrums on the sidelines that past month at epic proportions, we have now reached a tipping point where poor behavior from coaches and fans is become more of the norm rather than the exception.
And as a parent, coach, and fan – I have had enough of it. Because from my vantage point, the only person that loses during this is the student athlete.
I am not sure what my full plan of attack will be to correct this, and I am not if this will be a one man crusade or not. But I will do my best to correct it.
Going to the Sportsmanship Summit was a good start. But I think we need to do more.
And here is why.
I recently sat at the scorers table for a JV basketball game waiting for the Varsity game to start. The official made a call in the early part of the 4th quarter that went against the visiting team. Some of the visiting parents siting behind the scorers table did not agree with the call. In fact one parent did not let it go for the next 5 minutes. Enough so that some of people from his own team asked him to keep it down.
Then the downfall. The official came over during the next time out to the scorers table to check on timeouts remaining. The fan was still yelling at the same official. The official made the mistake of responding, and then the banter picked up to yelling. I had to intervene and stop the fan from yelling.
I worked the varsity game after and was still a little worked up about the event. When I got home I started looking for scores from other high school games when I came across this tweet with a video link from Ryan Ellerbusch:
Referees and a coaching staff involved in a confrontation during a @wiaawi boy’s basketball game tonight. VIDEO HERE –
Ryan is a Co-Editor/Videographer/Writer Midwest Baller. He add I had a good discussion after I told him my story and watched this video. He has some good insight. I would recommend you follow him on twitter.
Not sure we need to go much further than this for you to see why I need to figure out how to make this better.