Recently, we came across an article by FootballScoop.com that discussed a new study that came showed “37% of young athletes don’t want their parents at games” due to the pressure parents are increasingly putting on their child to perform.
The article also mentions that more and more colleges are now taking into account the parents when potentially recruiting a young player.
These colleges simply CAN’T afford to have parents around their program that might become a team/program “cancer.”
Moreover, the article’s main source talks about how reffing these days has become harder and harder due to the rising abuse by parents and fans from the stands.
All of this adds up to a really unfortunate reality in the youth sports world where players are feeling TOO MUCH pressure from mom and dad, parents are too caught up in their child getting a college scholarship, and referees quitting due to the abuse they’re taking.
Overall, youth basketball and youth sports, in general, can sometimes be a really negative environment.