Two weeks ago while waiting for our youngest daughter’s game to start we were watching a couple of boys teams play. The first thing I noticed is that boys are much more aggressive than girls. Secondly, parents of boys are much more aggressive; they are loud and actively coach from the sidelines. Therefore they are much more engaged with the officiating. As I mentally lulled back from actively watching the game to listening to conversation around me my attention was drawn back to the game with yelling.
As I looked a father was standing on the field as the official was ejecting him from watching the game. I heard the official yell, “You’re outta here!” and the father retorted, “You’re an idiot!”. The precipitating comments I will not share as this a family focused blog.
Parents chimed in with comments regarding the father’s behavior as inappropriate and embarrassing for the man’s son. As the father walked off the field toward the parking lot he walked past me, we made eye contact and he stated. “I guess that was a bit much”.
Much to my disappointment I didn’t have my business cards with me. I did however have many conversations in the following days about the father’s behavior.
What are the good and bad points to the father’s actions? What did he do wrong and what would have been a better way to handle the situation?