Had to intervene in a, shall we say, "heated discussion" yesterday between parents of my son's soccer team and an opposing team. It was about 1 wrong word away from being a brawl. The boys are 11 years old by the way.
Be amazed how often I see that. Every sport too. I tell parents every year when I give my speech that youth sports would be perfect if we could take the parents out of it.
I got worked up at a game a couple weeks ago, never to the point of wanting to fight someone, but U10 girls soccer, and their previously unbeaten team was down 2-0 at the half. They were LOSING their minds because their 4 super talented girls, who usually can do whatever they want when they want ran into our team which is REALLY tough defensively and they got frustrated and started pushing, elbowing, and two handed shoving girls. One girl went completely horizontal in a diving shove to try to stop a girl from getting a shot on goal, tackled our player...no call. Girl had a hand up under our players jersey and flipped her over onto the ground...no call. LOTS of these, and when our coach complained and told the ref it was getting unsafe out there he said, "it's fine, don't tell me how to do my job little girl". I was a bit outspoken down the stretch and yelled at the other team's parents they were too talented to be playing that dirty and if they were ok with their girls tackling girls to try to win a meaningless 10 year old soccer game, they should feel pathetic for their parenting choices. My kid is a physical player, loves grinding and playing D, but if she was doing the stuff they were, I would have pulled her out of the game myself.