|We're the worst!#@!|
Reuters News and Ipsos conducted a 22 nation poll that ranked parents in the USA as the world's worst behaved at youth sporting events.
Percentage of people who reported that they had attended youth sports contests and witnessed parents being verbally or physically abusive toward coaches or officials:
#1 USA (60%)
#2 India (59%)
|Suck it India USA is #1|
#3 Italy (55%)
#4 Argentina (54%)
#5 Canada (53%)
The Main Point
60% really. It has to be much higher than that. The only way it could be 60% is if 40% of the people who attend youth sporting events in America with any regularity are deaf and blind.
I'm considered a calm person and I've barked at incompetent refs, annoying coaches and my kids on occasion. Almost every game I watch I see one of the behaviors listed below. The other polls Doug Abrams quotes show the numbers much higher.
Here are all the scenarios - lets √ to see if my kids and I have witnessed the following behaviors:
√ Youth athletes watched parents yelling at children
√ Youth athletes had watched coaches yelling at officials or children