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Published: Friday, Aug. 23 2013 6:39 p.m. MDT

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SME
Bountiful, UT

I admire those willing to give of their time and energy to youth sports, however, in light of the recent tragedy of a soccer referee dying from a similar incident, perhaps someone with more self control could take over.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Wasn't it just a few weeks ago to referee was killed by getting punched the side of the head?

Hey It's Me
Salt Lake City, UT

Even if they are volunteers they should have background checks. Should people with criminal backgrounds be looked up to as a youth coach.What example is that sending to the kids who just played and watched that happen? It's a game, show good sportsmanship and then go home and complain about the game to your family or something. That's what normal people would do.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

The Ute Conference in Salt Lake County has mandatory background checks. Vernal doesn't?

Common Sense Czar
Sandy, UT

At least the assault was over something important...I mean it was a 5th and 6th grade football game in Vernal. If it would have been something trivial....well that would be embarrassing.

Black & White
SLC, UT

While it can never be completely avoided or predicted when something like this happens, I believe in this case it could have been prevented if a Background Check had been mandated. These two yuks should not have even been allowed to get near a team of impressionable young players. I would imagine that if the parents of these young players knew who was coaching their children they would have yanked them off the team immediately or demanded that replace the coaches.

So there is no mistake, I can assure everyone who reads this that the Salt Lake Ute Conference (which includes teams from Bountiful to Lehi, and Kamas to Grantsville) is NOT affiliated with the Vernal Ute Conference. And more importantly, the SL Ute Conference DOES require a Background Check--and has refused MANY volunteers with criminal backgrounds from being allowed to coach.

In addition, all referees who work for the SL Ute Conference and are registered with the UHSAA also have a required background check.

Deamon
North Logan, UT

when i coached youth football several years ago i'm pretty sure background checks were done on every coach. i don't know why they weren't doing them in this league, especially with all the youth predators out there. i know it costs money, but the law suits something like this could bring would make it well worth the cost.

Obama10
SYRACUSE, UT

Nice role models. These are the men we ask to teach our youth about sportsmanship? We then wonder why a 17 year old punches and kills a ref. Just following the example of "mentors". Adults have ruined youth sports. Watching coaches and parents (myself included sometimes) yell at refs for bad calls, youth for making mistakes on the field, no wonder youth don't want to play anymore. On a side note, when did possessing an illegal firearm warrant probation only? This guy should have been in jail.

CodyCougar
Madison, SD

A background check won't weed out all of the problems. Years ago as a BYU student, I went to a coach-pitch baseball game in Orem to see my boss's son play. The kid dribbled a pitch to his coach standing at the pitching rubber. When the first base player (from the opposing team)went to field the ball, the coach kicked it in the opposite direction instead of getting out of the way. When he was called on it he told people to "shut up" punctuated by profanity. I never saw anything like it before, and haven't seen anything like it since in 20 years of coaching and spectating.

All of these stories of poor sportsmanship coming out of Utah. I really think folks need to look in the mirror and take a deep breath.

UU32
Bountiful, UT

Cody, pretty sure bad parent behavior in youth sports is not a Utah specific thing.

Ifel Of'a-sofa
Alpine, Utah

What a thug and coward. Sucker punch when someone is trying to shake your hand?

He should have never been allowed to coach in the first place with a criminal record, doesn't the youth league do back ground checks?

I know we did.

dale richards
Green River, Utah

This is what happens with being to soft in our court system.
The thinking is I had my hands slapped and they are not going
To do much if punch out a sixty year old while playing golf.

JSB
Sugar City, ID

This couldn't have actually happened. All of these reports of poor sportsmanship in football, soccer, etc. are part of an anti sports conspiracy promoted by citizens who want the public schools to spend money on non essential educational goals such as reducing classroom size. Don't they know that participation in sports builds good character. Participants are more honorable, have better self control, get better grades, are kinder and more honest, etc, etc, etc. At least that's the justification I hear from people who want to continue to spend public school money on athletics. If we dropped inter school athletics and put the money into real education, Utah could lead the nation in the quality of their graduates. Now that's something we could be proud of.

Hey It's Me
Salt Lake City, UT

FBI background checks cost about 80 dollars. When I applied and got a job with a school district in Ohio and with one here in Salt Lake, I had to pay for the FBI fingerprint background check. I was also a coach and had to pay for that one as well. If you really want to coach even as a volunteer, if you care about the kids you will put up the money for the check.

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