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To Raise a Good Sport, Be a Good Sport

By Hi-Desert Star, 04/19/19, 12:00PM CDT

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If you want them to learn lessons of good sportsmanship and fair play, don’t behave like bad sports and sore losers at their games.

Last week, according to information released by the Morongo Basin sheriff’s station, a parent decided to set a bad example at a Twentynine Palms Little League game at Luckie Park. After reportedly becoming upset, to the point where he was ejected from the game, the man allegedly used a folding chair to cause some $1,000 in damage to another parent’s car and then reportedly threatened to hurt a volunteer coach.

The trouble with youth sports these days is that there are too many people who simply do not understand the purpose of youth sports, which is to teach young people about team play, camaraderie and sportsmanship, lessons which are hard to instill when the parents of these same young athletes are demonstrating behaviors diametrically opposed to those ideals.