T-ball argument leads to huge fight between coaches, assault charge
Here’s a general rule of thumb: If coaching a youth sports event, one should not become so enraged with an opposing coach that he or she physically charges them and attacks them so violently that it warrants an arrest for assault.Now, I'm not 100% sure here, but in our local baseball league, *all* T-ball games are tied. With some of the kids barely able to hold a bat, it's hard to keep score with any sort of fairness. In the next step up from T-ball, they keep "score", but it's very informal and quite open to interpretation. To attack another coach, though, over a call? Seriously? Dude, get anger management help.
Sadly, two South Bend, Ind. T-ball coaches failed to heed that simple advice, with a coach aggressively attacking his opposing equal number, knocking him to the ground and pummeling him while his players looked on in tears.
I've known coaches like this, unfortunately. One of the dads who coaches basketball came very close to assaulting one of the teenaged referees at a game last season - their team was missing a star player, and they were getting their @$$e$ handed to them by my son's team. The dad was getting frustrated and arguing with the ref over every single call that went against his team, and by about the middle of the game one of the other coaches talked to him and he sat down.
Now, I'll admit my bias right out in the open. I'm not a sports guy. I'll watch the sporting event du jour because TheBoy is really into it (and any time you can spend with your kid doing something they like is time well spent), but professional sports? Nah. Not my thing. Grown men getting paid seven figure salaries to play kids' games? Our priorities are very much misplaced in this country - and, gee, no one seems to care that sports stars are also in that "wealthiest one percent"...
When you start attacking someone more than 20 years your senior at an event intended to teach 5 and 6 year olds how to begin to play the game of baseball, though, you have a problem...
That is all.