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The Ugly Side of Kids Sports | by NontrivialMatt
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The Ugly Side of Kids Sports

At our friend's soccer game on Saturday, which you can see in my recent pictures, we all witnessed a far too common occurrence of the adults ruining the kids' game. The opposing coach, seen here, acted as if he were coaching high school boys with his yelling and high intensity. However, the four-year-old boys and girls couldn't quite relate on that level.


The coach yelled at one child for his lack of intensity and the child started crying. The coach sent him off the field right in the middle of game play and had another player come take his place.


I don't know whether it's because people are trying to make up for their own childhood disappointments, trying to live vicariously through their children's achievements or whether they're simply so insensitive and self-focused that they truly don't realize what they're doing to their kids.


It makes me sad and angry every time I see it happen.

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Taken on September 30, 2006