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Adults should not be yelling at players

Posted: May 3, 2014 - 11:10pm  |  Updated: May 4, 2014 - 12:17am

There’s been a few incidents at games this year that hopefully will stay with me when and if my son decides he wants to compete in athletics.

Whether fair or unfair, universally umpires/referees are targets of everybody’s wrath. More disturbingly lately, however, athletes have been targets.

At a recent event, a group of parents were heard to be yelling at players on their own team. And it wasn’t exactly encouragement. It was bad enough that the game had to be stopped and the parents advised to go back to the stands or parking lot.

At Lakeside, during their region consolation baseball game against Evans, a parent made a comment as the Panthers recorded the final out of the top of the third inning. It was borderline deragatory, certainly snarky and definitely not supportive. And it was aimed at a player on the team he “supports.”

Another man, the offended player’s parent, took offense, and it resulted in him tackling the commenter behind the backstop while Evans warmed up between innings.

Both were escorted from the premises.

Not exactly the example to be setting for young athletes at any level. I hope those are isolated incidents – or is it a sign of the times?

Student-athletes have enough to worry about growing up, and they don’t need parents yelling negatively at them while they’re competing.

If there’s a problem on the field that needs to be resolved, that is what the dedicated professionals we call coaches are for.

Transitioning

After being Grovetown High School’s boys basketball coach for three seasons and the boys soccer coach from 2010-2012 and then again this year, Bill Madigan is making the shift across town.

After helping the Harlem girls basketball team this year, Madigan was recently confirmed as the Lady Bulldogs new head basketball coach.

“I think it’s going to be a great opportunity and I’m very excited,” Madigan said.

Moving On

The Greenbrier boys advanced to the second round of the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA state soccer tournament Tuesday night with a 1-0 win over Forest Park. Myles Duncan scored the winning goal for the Wolfpack.

As it has throughout the spring, weather affected multiple postseason events this past week and the Wolfpack could be considered lucky to have gotten their competiton in as planned. They are scheduled to play host to the second round of the tournament on Tuesday.

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