Winnipeg couple banned from hockey games for 3 years following West Fargo altercationFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A set of parents won't be able to watch their 8-year old son take part in any hockey-related activities for the next 3-years, after being involved in a fight in West Fargo this past winter.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A set of parents won't be able to watch their 8-year old son take part in any hockey-related activities for the next 3-years, after being involved in a fight in West Fargo this past winter.
According to the Winnipeg Free Press, a husband and wife from the River East Royals organization, have been banned by the organization "Hockey Winnipeg."
The couple was involved in a fight at the arena in West Fargo on February 8th.
The mom barged into the opposing team’s locker room, complaining to the coach about how her son was treated during the game.
The husband then got into a fight with the coach.
As school sports become more competitive, some say parents are taking it too far.
Parental involvement in youth sports is encouraged, but sometimes sideline behavior gets out of hand.
Lately we have seen a handful of stories about parents fighting with each other or clashing with coaches.
And some say overzealous parents take all the fun out of it.
Logan Block/Soccer Player/Referee: "I've had some very nasty comments said to me after the game."
Logan Block often referees for youth soccer games.
And he says it's sometimes unbelievable to see how parents act.
Block: "I've seen parents at their best and their worst. Some of the parents are merciless when it comes to yelling, heckling."
The world of youth sports is supposed to be fun, while teaching teamwork and discipline.
But at times it seems some parents take it further than the players.
Kai Block says even his folks get a little carried away from time to time.
Kai Block/Soccer Player: "There have been some heated arguments before, and it's just embarrassing."
"It takes the fun out of it, makes it so serious."
Of course parents want their kids to succeed, and if they feel their athlete is being treated unfairly they feel the need to speak up.
But screaming usually just makes things worse, not to mention humiliating to the player.
"No kid wants to be listening to their parents yell like that."
Kai: "Parents should be involved, and be in their kids' lives. But when they break out into fistfights I think that's taking it a bit too far."
I also spoke to a few parents today, one said she definitely sees parents go too far, and it takes all the fun out of the games.
Another said he has seen parents get out of hand, but he thinks it's starting to get better