Bad Sideline Behaviour of Parents at Kids Sports – Behind the News

Bad Sideline Behaviour of Parents at Kids Sports – Behind the News


CARL: We’ve all seen stuff like this on the sidelines of
professional sporting matches. But have you ever seen
a blow-up like that during one of your games? A couple of times at netball
I’ve seen them. I was at a football match
and there was a spectator and one of my friends
did something wrong and the spectator
actually sweared at him, and it was really uncomfortable
to be there. I was at a basketball match and a coach was just getting angry
at her kids ’cause they weren’t doing
the right thing, and then they took them off. Once I was at
a swimming competition and one of the parents
got angry at their child for not winning the race, and I don’t think it’s very fair
because they tried their hardest. Last year,
the Australian Sports Commission released a big report saying lots of kids
are dropping out of junior sport. And they think poor behaviour
from adults on the sidelines might be part of the problem. That’s why a group
called Play by the Rules has launched a new campaign
called Let Kids Be Kids. Getting my hands on the footy
and just being with my mates. Having fun, I think,
is the main thing. Because it doesn’t really matter
if you win. At least you get to play. And if you lose,
it’s not the end of the world. The campaign’s all about highlighting
that most Aussie kids just really enjoy playing sport and that lots of pressure
or bad behaviour from parents can ruin it for everyone. I don’t like it
when people get yelled at or when I get yelled at. It’s pretty embarrassing when someone is shouting at you
halfway through the game. It makes me feel like I’m useless
and I can’t do anything. So they’re calling on spectators to abide by some pretty
straightforward rules, including not using bad language, not harassing anyone at a game,
including coaches, not putting too much pressure
on kids, and creating a positive,
fair and kind environment during a match. And some of Australia’s
biggest sporting stars have jumped in
to support the campaign. Growing up, I had a little bit
of sideline abuse. Obviously looked very different
to most of the people around, and it wasn’t
the majority of people, but it was tough to hear
and it made the game less fun. We had teammates,
all members of the opposition, sometimes abused by their parents
or family members for not doing as well in a game
as what they might have liked. They say, for kids, sport shouldn’t
be about winning or losing. It should be about
giving it a go and having fun, and that’s something most kids
can agree with too. I think kids get too much pressure
put on them when it comes to sport. And I don’t think
that it’s fair for them and, at this stage especially, I think that kids for sport
should just have fun. They’re only kids
and they’re just growing up so they don’t need so much pressure
on them, it’s just a game. It’s just uncomfortable and wrong ’cause it’s just, like, a game. It’s no big of a deal at this age.

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