Not so cheerful response to kids sport cheer ban
COMMENT BY KATHY SUNDSTROM: SERIOUSLY, what next.
A Brisbane football club has introduced new rules to ban parents cheering from the sidelines.
The crackdown was, apparently, necessary after some parents punched referees and got into sideline brawls.
And in those circumstances, absolutely parents should be sent off the sideline and banned from attending a certain number of matches.
But a blanket ban on my favourite weekend pastime, cheering for my kids and their team, is taking it too far.
Could you imagine a State of Origin game where the sidelines were silenced?
That would be horrible for the players, never mind the spectators who enjoy getting involved in the game.
I have been watching kids' sport for six years and have only once seen an incident between a parent and a ref flare up.
Mostly, it is parents passionately supporting their kids and their team.
And I agree, it should never be negative. That's what most clubs make parents sign the "keep it positive" paper at the beginning of the season.
What concerns me more than parents good natured cheering is the rude and unnecessary comments that sometimes come out of the players mouths on the field.
A few weeks ago my sons were playing a game of rugby and the other team was constantly swearing at them and taunting them.
The team captain complained to the ref who said something along the lines of "boys will be boys".
That's the kind of attitude that causes boys to grow up into men (and women) who think it is okay to yell abuse from a sideline.
These idiots should be allowed to ruin it for everybody.
Cheering has always been is an important part of a sporting event.
You shouldn't have to wear pom-poms and short skits to be able to do it, although if that's what it takes to keep cheering my kids in their sports then I'll be happy to oblige.