As discussed in this blog and elsewhere, some parents are too involved in their child's youth sports experience. At games they yell at the officials and call out to their son or daughter during the play. Most of us cringe a little when we're sitting near an overzealous parent.
But toward the other end of the spectrum is another type of spectator that can also test our patience. These are the parents and other individuals who constantly talk throughout the game.
Of course, sharing the game experience with others is a big part of what makes attending a game fun. But if you like to talk during the game, you need to pay some attention to when and how often you do so. Many parents attend these games to support and watch their child play. Other fans are there to enjoy the contest itself. Too much talking can distract and annoy these individuals—sometime to the point that they would just as soon see someone show-up to escort you away.
If you're more interested in socializing, try to locate a section in the stands where others share the same interest. Otherwise, try to keep your talking to stoppages in the game and quickly discontinue any conversations when the action resumes.
Also, be careful when making critical comments about a player, as the child’s parents may be sitting near you. I attended a local high school basketball game recently and heard one player’s father comment loudly after another player lost the ball out-of-bounds, “You’ve got to hold onto the ball!” Almost immediately, the player’s mother on the other side of me shouted, “Stop yelling at my boy!” to which the father responded “I yell at every player!”
Although I found this humorous, I don’t think the two parents did. It’s better not to talk critically about other players during the game. But if you must, speak quietly and make sure that the other parents aren’t sitting behind you!
Do you have any good spectator stories to tell?
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