Aug 17, 2019
This week’s podcast guest is Brian Barlow, Oklahoma father and
soccer referee Brian Barlow. On his facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/youreoffside/
calls out parents who are caught on tape displaying poor
sportsmanship and offers $100 to people who submit the videos to
bring attention to the pervasive problem of parents acting badly at
youth sport games.
Whether you agree with the shaming of this behavior or not, we
can all agree that sideline behavior of fans is a big problem and
is the leading cause to the shortage of refs in all
Other Highlights from the Discussion:
The percentages of first year refs not coming back for the
second year is dropping rapidly
Kids who ref are terrified of the parents and that is not
How far have some fans actually taken a perceived bad
Is shaming parents the best way to help the situation? If not,
is there a better way?
Why are clubs so afraid of holding fans and parents
How can we help first year officials?
What is the dark side of posting photos of parents acting
Should a parent pull a player or a coach call a game
for safety issues?
Can a coach celebrate another team’s victory?
What would a conversation between a parent and a child
about behavior in the stands look like?
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