Last season was pretty bad in the northern communities of NM for embarrassing outbursts by family members in the stands. Parents have gotten verbally out of line and even attempted to assault coaches, refs, other players. It could turn out to be a good thing for us in the more civilized area of Southeast New Mexico.
Let’s be honest, we have seen our share of bad behavior here. It is sometimes worse in summer leagues than it is in school athletics. It happens everywhere. It is also a great leveler of socio-economic status. Bad behavior is seen coming from upscale wealthy households and from much more modest homes. As far as I can tell it occurs at about the same rate everywhere in town.
I would like to make the call for a written code of behavior. Up to now it has been left to common decency to curb the worst impulses of emotional parents. What they are working towards up north is a written guide for what is not acceptable. Maybe writing it out and having parents sign on to it at the beginning of the season will make people think about it and be aware exactly what is acceptable and what is not. A few teams and leagues have a start on this, but I think we need it everywhere.
Sports are about rules. You can’t have a game without them. As New Mexicans and Americans, we are communities who work best when we respect the rules. In this case it’s about respecting our young athletes. It is the most important thing we can teach them.
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