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When Adults Turn Youth Softball Into a Crime

by Stacie ~ July 19th, 2011. Filed under: Stacie's Thoughts, Youth Softball.

This is just ridiculous. Adults really need to learn to keep their cool at youth sports events. In this particular case, there were 3 arrests made after a fight over a softball game. Not that it would make it much better, but I was hoping this was some sort of adult softball game. If adults want to act like idiots around other adults, that’s their issue. Unfortunately this happened at a tournament where 12U teams were playing! And a coach was involved?

So sad. C’mon people! Grow up.

From the article…

Three people were arrested after police said they fought over an Iowa Games championship softball game Sunday night.

According to Ames Police Cmdr. Jim Robinson, the department’s spokesman, officers were called to North River Valley Park around 6:40 p.m.

Todd Sebolt, 40, Angela Sales, 32, and Stephany Summers, 19, all of Centerville, were charged with disorderly conduct, a simple misdemeanor.

Sebolt coached one of the teams in the tournament, the 12-and-under Centerville Hotshots, according to the Iowa Games website.

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5 Responses to When Adults Turn Youth Softball Into a Crime

  1. Damon Tucker

    You should see some of the stuff that never gets reported regarding violence and sports here on the Big Island.

    So many parents try to live their expectations through their kids and then end up taking it out on others.

    I haven’t touched on this on my blog… but I’m sure I will one day.

  2. Anonymous

    Damon: Such an unfortunate situation for the kids. 🙁

  3. Khurley00

    Seriously — it’s the KIDS’ (players’) game!  Everyone else should respectfully cheer the good plays, root for their players, and accept the bad calls/losses gracefully.  After all, at the end of the day, what really matters won’t be written in a scorebook or on a win/loss register. 

  4. Garret

    Wow!  I can’t believe that…That is sad.

    Found your post through our softball cheers living dailies publisher. I had to see what happened!

  5. Craig Sigl

    Coaches need to set the tone for what is acceptable at the beginning of the season and continue to pound the message home throughout the season to the parents and this can be avoided. Too many coaches are passive in this regard.  Teams need a leader/manager in addition to a coach. The slightest outbursts should be dealt with and nipped in the bud.

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