Eli and his team are playing in a soccer tournament. They are having the best time. I love it because they are getting more hours on the field and developing their skills. So far, they have played four games, and they have won three and tied one. Most of the teams that we feared would beat us; we took them down with no trouble.
Eli Stepped Up
Last weekend, our goalie missed the game; he had another commitment. The goalie’s absence threw the boys off their base a little. I was worried that it would affect their performance, and it did initially, but then they pulled together and won three to one. The other team got the one goal because when one of the defenders kicked the ball to the goalie, it accidentally went into the net, resulting in an own goal.
The night before the game, Eli was injured. A few of his teammates had collided with his hand and sprained his finger. We were worried it would affect his ability to play, but he asked us to strap his hand up and told his coach he was hurt but wanted to play. The coach was happy that Eli decided to play because his other teammate who played defense was injured. We needed all the help we could get.
The other team was good. They were blasting goals throughout the game, but Eli’s defense was second to none. He had shown up and assisted in saving the day. Eli played last back; his coach calls that position part of the spine of the team. Think of your spine as a human being, and you can understand the importance. If an opponent can get through the entire team’s defense, Eli is the last man to stop any goal attempt, and he did so flawlessly.
Injuries That Children Can Suffer in Sports
On one of his attempts to stop a goal, Eli did a slide tackle. His foot connected with the ball, and then an opponent tripped on his foot and fell. Eli apologized and asked him if he was ok, he didn’t respond. He got up and was ready to play when his parents started to charge onto the field. The young man saw that and started to cry and limped off the field; he said his stomach and knee were hurting. It was unfortunate, and I felt for him because Eli’s ankle was injured similarly before, so I understood both his pain and his parents’ pain.
Parents With Children in Sports Need to Read the Manual On Conduct
The young man’s parents continued trying to charge onto the field, and the father was swearing loudly. I guess he was trying to get at Eli because most of the swearing was directed at him and was about him. Eli was terrified; he said he wanted to run to us. Now in sports, there will be injuries; it’s just what it is. In Ontario, parents must sign respect in sports waiver documents; I guess those parents have not read theirs yet. The manual clearly states and I quote, “The Respect in Sport Parent Program is a one-hour online module for parents/guardians, reinforcing their role in their child’s activities, encouraging positive sport behaviours, and providing insight into the various roles other individuals play, such as coaches and officials.” I understand feeling for your child, but how would attacking mine have helped the situation?
I did not panic; the referee kicked the parents out of the stadium. That was a great decision. Good riddance! At the end of the game, Eli was still traumatized. He was afraid to go to the washroom; he kept very close to us. We assured him that we would protect him at all costs. I am not one to promote violence, and I was shocked at how the parents handled that situation. They set the “perfect” example for their son. I kept thinking they definitely did not read that manual.
The Responsibility of Having Children in Sports
As parents, we have such responsibility on our shoulders. We have to try to do better for our children. Yes, I can understand feeling your child’s pain, but you could have encouraged him to get up and keep playing if he could or assured him that you know he’s hurt and it will heal. You could have recognized that my son apologized and was genuinely concerned, but their ignorance blinded them to that fact. I know they were already upset that their team was losing, and that slide tackle was the last straw—poor guy.
Five Tips For Parents With Children in Sports
Here are Five Tips For Parents With Children in Sports and cannot keep their cool:
- Stay at home
- Put your kid in a sport that will not likely result in injury
- Think twice about charging at my child
- Read the manual that speaks about bad behaviour
- Think thrice about charging at my child