It seems like sports parents are crazier than ever.
Every other game features some mom or dad going berserk from the bleachers, ranting and raving about any perceived slight toward their child.
Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that 80 percent of high school refs now quit before their third season. The numbers seem to be just as bad at the younger levels—70 percent of youth soccer refs in South Carolina quit after their first year, for example.
Parents seem to believe that a future D1 scholarship is riding on little Jimmy beating the red team, which leads to them verbally (and in the worst cases, physically) assaulting refs, coaches, and opposing parents.
There has never been an instant in history where being the "crazy sport parent" has been a good look. You're sucking the fun out of the game for all involved, which is the exact opposite of an ideal youth sports environment.
We recently stumbled across a Reddit thread asking youth refs to detail their worst experience with a sports parent, and the replies were horrifying. If you want a reminder of how NOT to act on the sidelines, these are great examples…
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