Stories of parents behaving badly at youth sporting events are unfortunately common, and adults ruining things for kids is not new.
But this probably unenforceable solution makes no sense.
First of all, silencing everyone to deal with a few is pretty obviously overkill.
When there’s a rabbit in my garden, I chase it away. I don’t burn down all the plants to keep it from eating them.
Second, blaming the coaches for bad behavior by adult fans is ridiculous.
Those who can’t control themselves have no one to blame but, you guessed it, themselves.
And yet the coach will be ejected from the game if an unruly fan won’t follow his/her directions to be quiet.
Looking beyond the fact a fan might actually prefer to see a coach “sent off” if they don’t approve of the job their doing, how is eliminating positive cheers to avoid negative ones a good idea?
On what planet does that make sense?
It’s not like telling the difference between what is acceptable and what is not should be difficult for anyone, kids included.
Neither kids nor referees or coaches deserve to be berated during games, but positive reinforcement is important for everyone.
And yet instead of taking an opportunity to teach youngsters the difference between right and wrong, we have another lesson from adults about how not to handle a situation.