School sports will begin shortly, and one group wants you to see what some parents are caught doing on tape before you hit the stands.
It’s a phenomenon on Arizona high school coach, Jim Ellison, says is all too common — coaches threatening their young players and parents screaming inappropriate things and instigating physical fights.
The National Alliance For Youth Sports compiled footage as examples of what not to do.
The organization sets up training and certification programs for coaches and parents to avoid violent situations at games.
“What's sad, is it doesn't shock me,” said Ellison after watching the video.
Before taking the high school football team under his wing, Ellison coached younger kids, and says he has memories of such behavior.
“It was right after the state championship, and we had won,” he said. “Everyone came out of the stands, there were chains. I've never seen anything like it in my life.”
Coaches like Ellison are trained and certified. They set up ground rules for parents, who are not allowed on the field, and have to save their emotions for meetings after game day.
“The players we're talking to every night, teaching them how to be right and different things to do, but the parents come out here, and they get pretty intense,” said Ellison.
He says the shocking behavior is nothing new, but that there are more concrete examples of it now that technology allows people in the crowd to shoot video with cell phones and smaller cameras.
“I would just tell people, if fans are in the stands and there's something going on, maybe just get up, go get security,” he said.
You can learn more about the National Alliance for Youth Sports at http://www.nays.org .
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