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The best and worst of team parents

To the Editor,

In regards to your editorial July 14, “Be the example,” I applaud. As a high school and recreational sports official for the past 33 years in the sports of football and fast-pitch girls’ softball, I have seen the best and the worst of teams and team parents. Your editorial was spot on about the actions of parents at their child’s sporting events at most every level.
Parents of young athletes need to remember really only one thing. The only participation required is that of the athlete. Parents are not required to be present for the game to proceed. Only once in my 33 years have I called game administration for the removal of a group of parents, after which I had no more trouble during that tournament with the 8-under age group softball competition. Yes, 8-under girls softball.
Having a good time and the joy of playing the sport is what brings young athletes back to the football/soccer field or the baseball/softball diamond or the basketball/tennis court or the natatorium. The wins and losses are not even a part of the equation when the child looks back on the season for the decision to play again next season.

Tracy J. Warren
Washington