An Open Letter to the Out of Control Sports Parent Sitting Next to Me in the Stands

Jim Kelly
May 9, 2019
An Open Letter to the Out of Control Sports Parent Sitting Next to Me in the Stands
By John O'Sullivan, Changingthegameproject.com
Dear Out of Control Sports Parent,
 
You.
 
Yeah, you.
 
The one shouting “Get the rebound!!!” to your kid. The one with the heart palpitating so loudly that you cannot contain yourself. The one yelling and complaining about the coach. The one hollering at the 13-year-old referee. The one angry at my kid for making a mistake. The one hollering at the kids who made a mistake running the scoreboard in a recreational tournament in a meaningless pool play game.
 
Yeah, you, the one whose spouse won’t sit next to you during the game. The one who is micromanaging every aspect of the game and turning what would be a pleasant normal Saturday into a heightened state of anxiety for all of us, including your fellow parents stuck next to you for today’s game, this season, and our kids’ childhoods.
 
PLEASE STOP!
 
PLEASE CALM DOWN!