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Ban pushy parents from games: survey

TT/Rebecca Martin · 15 Jul 2011, 12:01

Published: 15 Jul 2011 12:01 GMT+02:00

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The summer season sees many sporting tournaments for Sweden’s young. But increasingly these events are accompanied by scores of parents shouting at their kids from the sidelines, booing loudly when the opposition score and pouring abuse on the referee.

In many ways, these parents are more a hindrance than a help to their talented kids, according to sports professor Claes Annerstedt.

“It is great for parents to attend and offer support to their children, but they should do it on the kids’ terms,” Annerstedt said to news agency TT.

And a survey, carried out by market research company Yougov for insurance giant If, shows that 92 percent of parents think that clubs should have the right to bar pushy and aggressive parents from games and matches, if they show repeated bad behaviour towards coaches, stewards or children.

88 percent of parents think that other parents’ aggressive behaviour is a real problem within youth sport.

In order to combat pushy parents in tennis, the insurance company has teamed up with the Stockholm branch of the Swedish Tennis Association (Svenska Tennisförbundet) to equip parents with a guide to appropriate behaviour at tournaments.

“We can see a clear need to continually inform parents of these issues,” said Caroline Uliana, head of external information at Swedish If, in a statement.

During the ongoing tennis tournament Stockholm Open Tour, the association and the insurance company have put together the guide, which will be handed out to all 12,000 participants, and designed to make the parents think about their behaviour.

Previous research shows that almost 20 percent of children taking part in regular sports activities are negative to their parents attending matches.

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“Hopefully this will increase the children’s confidence,” Uliana said.

The survey was carried out in May 2011 and 1013 parents between the ages 25 and 55 with kids under 18 took part.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:21 July 15, 2011 by Frobobbles
It is shocking to see that The Local can so openly support a purely - albeit skilfully hidden from the surface - ethnoracist agenda.
23:15 July 15, 2011 by DavidtheNorseman
Sorry, Frobobbles, but you are way off base. I live in an area where anyone of a different ethnicity stands out like a can of coloured paint on a snow drift. There is still a huge problem with loud, obnoxious parents and more than one have been thrown out of the park....not a one of them that I recall from any recognizable sub-group. Ignorant behaviour can of course be a result of Weltanschauung so there is no reason why one couldn't have a problem with an ethnic group that believed it had the right to be rude to everyone else (we Scots-Norwegians are indeed the Blessed People) but this article is just about plain old fashioned idiots of the majority kind...
23:27 July 15, 2011 by Dr. Dillner
Someone being a jerk needs to be booted from a game -- the public show of his foolishness is edifying. So I say, let them come, be jerks, get kicked out and society is reinforced.
00:45 July 16, 2011 by Bolante007
hmm Football? The Local stop trying to be "American" its football!!
10:32 July 16, 2011 by blursd
Yes, we all know ethnic Western Europeans are genetically incapable of aggressive behavior at sports events ...

Hence, why England has absolutely ZERO problems with football hooligans.
11:06 July 16, 2011 by Puffin
This has nothing to do with ethnicity - it is a widespread problem in junior sports regardless of ethnic backgrounds

There are already many sports that already automatically ban parents from training sessions because of this problem - gymnastics and figure skating for example

In fact the worse case of abuse I have witnessed involved an (ethinically Swedish) parent verbally abusing and threatening a young figure skating coach - with were all releived when his ice princess quit
14:08 July 16, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
The problem in tennis is as old as Jurasic Park. When I performed as a tennis coach at Trollbäcken Tennis Club in Tyresö (1988-1992), I never allowed parents to be neither on the ourt, nor in the galleries. I send them to have a coffee someplace else. Why? They were noisy and most of them shouted to their children how they should perform a stroke or hit a ball. Many of my students were only looking for their parents approvan, so, I decided to cut off with the parents and the

Head Coach at the time, Micke Stripple, said: "Well done, José, well done".

AT the Bolletierri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida, we do not allow parents to be when their children are taking lessons. Perhaps that is one of the reasons that we have had so many stars. Students concentrate in what they are being told to do and not what the father wants them to do.
18:02 July 16, 2011 by prince T
We shoul not not bring race into this forum. They have whie hardcore hooligans in djurgården, uk and spain. Ishockey is the worst in Sweden just like in any other culture. However we seperate passion from hooliganism. Passion is important in football
23:53 July 16, 2011 by Frobobbles
I was just kidding.
17:43 July 18, 2011 by J. L. Belmar

Not even you believe what you just wrote. I am just kidding.
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