THE STRIKE ZONE
Sometimes Sports, Sometimes Sportsmanship
We've praised Janis Meredith before for her work as a parenting coach. She recently wrote an article on a topic we have discussed many times before: abuse of officials. Her thesis: how to stop it.
Meredith begins by doing the obvious and the easy: telling people to JUST STOP. You would think it should be that easy, but unfortunately, it's not always that simple. She goes on to give three steps to assist with the process:
1. Sit down. Many parents get up close and personal (or within earshot) of officials so they are sure officials can hear them. If you want to stop it, just find a seat and relax.
2. Imagine the official is your child. In the vein of "treat others as you would wish to be treated," take a moment to imagine how you would feel if you observed someone berating your child in the same way that you might berate an official. Doesn't feel so good, does it?
3. Remember who is watching. Can you imagine what would happen if someone used their phone to record your poor behavior and spread it everywhere? You could lose your job, among other things, if your employer didn't want you associated with the company after seeing it!
If that's not enough for you, then become an official. After a year, you'll change your tune. Trust me.
Baseball player, umpire, coach, fan; professional musician; founder, President & CEO of The OSIP Foundation, Inc.