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.
Wasn't it just a few weeks ago to referee was killed by getting punched the
side of the head?
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.
The Ute Conference in Salt Lake County has mandatory background checks. Vernal
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cody, pretty sure bad parent behavior in youth sports is not a Utah specific
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.
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.
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.
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.