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Police: Umpire Threatened After Parent Ejected

"Sports rage" at Little League game in Skippack

In an apparent case of "sports rage," an unidentified parent of a player was accused of making "terroristic threats" against an umpire at a Little League baseball game in Skippack Township, the Pennsylvania State Police said Monday.

The umpire, a Collegeville resident, was calling a June 3 game at when a parent was ejected from the stands for what police called "obnoxious and rude behavior including using profanity." After being ejected, the parent allegedly made threats towards the umpire. Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Incidents such as this one have received increased news coverage in recent years, but experts differ on whether parental or "sports" rage at youth sports events is a worsening trend or a phenomenon created by the media.

One 2004 study found that more than half of 340 parents who attended their children's soccer games in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. experienced anger during the games. 40 percent of those people said they responded to their anger with actions that ranged from muttering to themselves to yelling and walking towards the field.

henry eroh June 11, 2012 at 11:12 PM
so many people who never participated in events want to play thru their children and when it does not go their way they become angered to the point of no return- It is a natural trait in some people
Susan Toto June 12, 2012 at 01:26 PM
When parents demonstrate such bad behavior in public, maybe it is time to check into the home life for abuse. Then we wonder why we have bullying in school. Kids learn from example. I can't imagine what this child has to put up with at home.
Christine R June 15, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I agree with both posts. Let's get a grip parents, little pitchers have big ears!
ButterFace June 20, 2012 at 11:02 PM
My first encounter with youth sports was my last one. I found the people to be rude and ignorant to begin with. I could almost compare them to grown up jocks in high school.

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