I've refereed many Ute Conference football games. We call the head shots.
I called two personal foul penalties for head hits on the same player on one of
the teams. It appeared to me that the coach was coaching him to hit like that.
The coaches were screaming about the penalties. I almost threw one of the
coaches out because of his behavior.I for one would like to see the
parents put as far away from the fields as possible. That means putting some
space between the fields so that there is a decent sized buffer zone between
parents and the fields. I've personally been threatened 8 or 9 times over
the years with bodily harm. Sometimes the cops who are contracted to provide
security are not as responsive as they should be. That in and of itself causes
problems.Parents need to shut up and cheer for their kid. He/she is
not going to make the NFL,MLB,NBA,MSL, etc, so quit acting like they will.
Coaches need to actually become familiar with the rules.
The problem is indeed cultural. This is one of those things that would be
served by a national interest by leaders at that level. Ask the hard questions
at that level, give the right answers on how to change behavior by changing the
core value. Show the bad examples and show them as bad examples nationally. Or
be satisfied with crippled 11-year-olds and coaches attacked by parents on the
sidelines. Core values.
Re: "In Fillmore last week . . . ."I don't know why DN
can't take the time or trouble to note that the game, the players, and the
fans were all from South Sevier and Juab, not Fillmore.What does DN
have against Fillmore?
My only comment is I wish they would tell the public about the S.S. injuries my
nephew got hurt in that game and no one said a single word about it on tv. This
was not news worthy in my opinion they need to let the kids play and not worry
about anything else. Football is a physical sport..as for the parents being
rude, I was there they were not rude until Juab starting saying comments to
them. It was Juab's coach swearing at out coaches that started the whole
In ancient Sparta, Spartan Boys were removed from their families at a young age.
They were underfed on purpose at the state schools. This taught them how to
forage and steal. Interestingly they were only punished if they were caught. The
ethos of "Winning at any cost" is deeply ingrained in Western Culture
and our DNA. This ethos is why the Saxons,the Angls and later the Normans
overran Britain. We bemoan this ethos being passed onto young boys. Oh, Please!
Attend any small bussiness meeting and you will think you are a war council
meeting strategizing how to win some economic perk, not at the point of the
sword mine you but by selling wiggits to somebody else.
The sport is for the kids, not for the parents to relive their childhoods. There
are a lot of self-centered parents around these days.Doing your best to win is
great but we see too much winning at all costs and poor losers.