I was curious to see what kind of reaction I would have with this topic, and was somewhat pleasantly surprised to hear from so many coaches and parents who feel that young athletes SHOULD be held accountable if they utter four-letter words in the heat of action.
That is, we all know that there are ups-and-downs in sports, and that it’s easy to lose one’s self-control when it comes to letting one’s tongue slip. But the vast majority of the callers this AM felt that kids clearly need to be cautioned by their parents and their coaches if they allow obscenities to be heard.
One caller, Gary from Staten Island, reported that he tells his players each year that swearing is just not acceptable on his team, and that he won’t stand for it. Other callers felt the same way. Personally, I thought it was a bit distressing that some said that the young kids just didn’t know it was poor form to cuss at games. Nobody had ever told them.
Again, it all comes back to what the kids hear at home, and what the kids assume is acceptable. And it falls upon the coaches to set the right tone for these kids. I know society evolves all the time, but this is something very jarring and disturbing about going to a kids’ game and hearing 11 and 12-year-olds curse openly like drunken sailors. Enough is enough!
PS – I thought Dr. Vinod Somareddy’s comments about preventing ACL injuries in girls and women were fascinating and vitally important. If you have a daughter who plays sports, be sure to check out my interview with Dr. Somareddy on the WFAN.com website.