Being a father who loves sports and has played some, I’m concerned of where all sports are headed in the future and what examples the athletes are being to our children.
Let me start by speaking about off the ice/field/court, why is it still being allowed to have parents that want to push their child to the extreme, yelling and screaming at both them and causing problems with others in the audience?
I would have to say that something needs to be done to end this, our children are here to have fun and compete in a sport that they have chosen and enjoy. In my opinion it should be in writing to the parents that any parent found acting out this kind of behavior in the public eye shall be asked to leave and not return without refund.
I’ve attended games of different types where there are always the odd few that want to ruin it for the rest and things turn out to be very uncomfortable. Don’t get me wrong, I understand there is to be excitement during a good or bad play, but keep it reasonable.
Now let’s take it to being on the ice/field/court with the so called professionals.
In the end, we are paying the outstandingly high salaries of the so called idols we watch in the sports we love and what are we getting in return, a show of violence, bad language, drug use, racism and the list goes on and on.
I really thought we would get better before getting worse, however, these past few years have been full of these issues.
From un-mistakenly purposeful hits in hockey, referee’s allowing fights go on long past when they should in the ring, owners opting to speak racist remarks in the open. The list goes on and on, unfortunately, most going un-noticed or with a fine that’s pocket change to them.
Can this be changed or even stopped… not without something on a mass scale that in the end just won’t happen.
So I ask this, “What can we do to make a difference?”
I believe starting young is key and let your child pick the sport they want to play.
When watching your favorite sports try to get them involved and explain to them the right and the wrong. Personally, to me fighting has only place in a couple areas of sporting and that’s boxing and MMA.
Nobody will ever convince me it belongs in any other sport including hockey, I say this as if you took part in watching any of the Olympic Hockey, and you can’t say it wasn’t of great caliber without it!
Take some time to get involved with the sports your children love to play and encourage them about playing but don’t ever force or push them to do or act in a way that you wouldn’t want for them.
Enjoy sports the way they are supposed to be, Fun and enjoyably competitive and played for the true meaning of the sport.