From Douglas E. Abrams of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Youth sports parents get a bad name these days, and some parents deserve it. Every week seems to bring new headlines about out-of-control fathers and mothers who verbally (and sometimes physically) assault officials, coaches, other parents, and even other youngsters.
The violence is real, but headlines about a few unhinged parents at games played each year by more than 30 million boys and girls can make the sports scene appear much worse than it really is. In the 42 years that I coached youth hockey, troublesome parents were the exception and not the rule.
Each December, I present the year’s “top 5” news stories about young athletes who did something special. The stories change each year, but the parents’ role remains the same. Once again, the young stars in this year’s top 5 could not have inspired us without first learning right from wrong at home. Most parents do it right.