Parental Behavior in Youth Sports Analytical Essay

Parental Behavior in Youth Sports
Looks at the problem of detrimental coach and parental behavior in youth sports.
# 148271 | 1,615 words | 4 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Oct 07, 2011 in Psychology (Social) , Sport (General) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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This paper explains that sports are supposed to be fun and recreational for young athletes; however, today children are trained to play to win at all costs by parents and coaches. The paper relates that the problem has become so rampant that it is now considered to be a syndrome called "achievement by proxy" or "little league parent syndrome". The paper suggests ways of resolving this problem by holding parents more accountable for their actions through new programs and even new laws.

From the Paper:

"A more extreme case of these instances are what psychologists are calling "sports rage", when parents of players are losing control. Usually, sports rage is worse in the parents of younger kids, as opposed to high school kids, since the rules of conduct are firmly in place at the high school level. An example would be the case of Thomas Junta. The concerned father watching his 10 year old sons hockey practice, and called to the coach from the stands that the play was too aggressive. The coach responded, "That's what hockey is all about." The two men ended up in a physical fight in the hallway, and Junta, the dad, ended up ironically killing the coach over practice being too violent. Thomas Junta could spend up to 20 years in jail."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bunch, K. (2005, January 1). Field of Screams. Retrieved October 8, 2008, from
  • Engh, F. (1999, June 20). The Parent Trap. New York Times. pp. A4.
  • Gower, T. (2005, May 16). Mad Parent Syndrome. LATimes. 45.
  • Kamm, R. (2000, March 3). Playing Fair. Retrieved October 8, 2008, from

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