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Brawling at the Ball Park

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A little league game in Castle Rock turned the worst kind of ugly last month. A youth baseball tournament was underway at Metzler Park last month, when a brawl among the adults broke out.

The fight occurred during a game for 12-year-olds held as part of a weekend youth baseball tournament. Parents said other adults in attendance were so angry at calls made by the umpire, they were thrown out of the game before the fight broke out.

As for the fight, there are so many versions of what happened, Castle Rock police say it’s hard to tell who actually started the fight. Complaints from parents about a "bad call" turned into an all-out brawl. The Castle Rock police report said, at one point, "about six people were pushing and shoving."

Three parents are facing criminal charges of third degree assault and disorderly conduct because of the fight, of the three one has a lengthy criminal history and the other is a town prosecutor. None of the parents involved were seriously hurt. Two teenagers were also involved, but neither are facing criminal charges. Police say their parents are the ones who broke the law.

This is just one of many stories reported every summer about over-zealous parents negating much of the benefit offered youth who participate in team sports. Rather than learning leadership, team work and sacrifice, our young athletes witness outrageous and uncivil behavior by adults too intent on the winning. We owe it to our kids to tone down the cat-calling and promote sportsmanship.

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    There are a number of posts about other incidents of Little League parental violence at Ethic Soup. In fact,we’ve posted the PARENTS PLEDGE from Little League’s Code of Ethics. We’ve heard from some parents who have actually printed out the pledge and taken it with them to their kid’s games, then handed it to troublesome parents.

    Or, as one mother admitted, she slipped copies under the windsheiled wipers of parents’ cars, just to make sure she didn’t become the victim of another parent’s fist. You can find the pledge here —

    http://www.ethicsoup.com/little-league-code-of-ethics-parents-pledge.html