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Parents need to set good example at sporting contests

Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 2:09 pm

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

For many Vandalia area residents, schedules are about to get really busy with Khoury League baseball games beginning to be played.
If you are a family with at least two kids participating on baseball and softball teams, your schedule is about to get hectic. Add in practices along with possible basketball and soccer camps and parents find themselves facing one scheduling conflict after another.
It all seems like it’s worth it though as parents enjoy watching their children receive the benefits of participating in a sport/team activity.
While they enjoy cheering on their youngster, I want to remind parents that it’s critically important they do so in the right way.
Parents should never put down other players while cheering on their own kid and his/her team.
Parents should also choose not to get mouthy with umpires.
Many of the area umpires are young and most don’t make much money for taking their time from their busy lives to call games.
Sure, these folks will get an out call wrong or shrink their strike zone from time to time.
It’s part of the sport. These umpires do not deserve name calling or having other adults get in their face.
The young and impressionable players see and hear everything.
They see how we as adults react and they hear how we talk.
What kind of impression do you want to leave on your children or in the community? This is something to think about before jumping down an umpire’s throat after a questionable call.
These years are precious ones in the lives of these young people.
I still remember my little league days. Unfortunately, some of the memories I remember the most involves one coach getting in the face of another coach or umpire to argue a call.
Don’t let this be the memory your child has of their little league career.