Re: Utah Soccer referee punched by player dies
Originally Posted by SunDeck
The more I think of this, the more disgusted I become. Luckily, my son is not involved in sports and if he were, I would honestly be hesitant to allow him to participate. The behavior I see and hear when I do happen upon a youth game is simply appalling, grandparents yelling derogatory comments about the opposing teams' kids, parents screaming for their kids to "take him out!", whatever that means, it makes me long for the sandlots of my youth, where kids organized games on their own.
In the last year I had 2 altercations in parking lots. This is during the summer when I work travel ball and really this happens more so during the summer because the coaches/ parents can act however they want because there is no governing league that can discipline them for their behavior.
When confronted in the parking lot you have to drop the professionalism you had on the field and take care of your own safety. I have my mask in my hand and I won't hesitate to use it as a weapon. Thankfully in 16 years and approximately 1200 games I havent had to use it though numerous times I thought I was going to have to, but if the situation arises that I need to I wont hesitate to.
"Boys, I'm one of those umpires that misses 'em every once in a while so if it's close, you'd better hit it." Cal Hubbard