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"Adult Behavior" Signs For Overzealous Parents at Sporting Events

If your child plays a sport you know how competitive it can get out on the field. Unfortunately, you may have also witnessed the competition fueled comments and actions coming from parents on the sidelines. But for some parents, a difference of opinion can soon become heated and go too far. Over the years there have been plenty of reports of parents getting into trouble at their kid’s games with altercations often ending in violence and arrest.

In an effort to quell violence and unnecessary stress at kid’s sporting events, one Chicago park has taken it upon themselves to remind parents that it’s just a game. NBC News reports about a suburban Chicago park district that has posted numerous “adult behavior” signs urging parents to let their kids have fun while taking part in sports on the field.

A sign in Emmerich Park notes that it is only a game being played by children. The sign also adds, “Of the hundreds of thousands of children who have ever played youth sports in Buffalo Grove, very few have gone on to play professionally. It is highly unlikely that any college recruiters or professional scouts are watching these games; so, let’s keep it all about having fun and being pressure-free.”

Park district public relations and marketing manager Mike Terson has experienced first-hand how intense parent-coach relationships can get out on the field when he watched his son play soccer at the park and later even coached a team. Terson had a hand in getting the signs up and hopes they will do some good. He explains, “We thought that if we put it in a way that people could relate to, as well as infuse a little humor, that the message would resonate and people might be more likely to comply. And hopefully for some, change how they look at youth sports altogether.”

What do you think of the signs this Chicago park has installed to remind parents not to get too heated while watching their child take part in a sporting event?

Have you witnessed parents who take the game too seriously and infuse unnecessary stress from the sidelines?
 

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