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Post by CATX on 8/26/2017, 11:32 am

Few questions for everyone here. How often do you have the other team's side sitting on your side? I've seen one or two people over the years (and are usually quiet and respectful) but this morning we had a team take up the entire middle third of the field.

A few did the polite thing and moved so we wouldn't be jammed up in the back 3rd of the field but a few others got very mouthy and stated "It isn't a rule". I think we all know it isn't a rule but haven't seen a team of parents this defiant about moving in all my years. The few mouthy ones continued comments throughout the game and of course created awkward moments.

So, have you seen this happen and did you do anything about it? IMO, seems pretty classless but maybe I'm wrong.

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Post by PremierLeagueFan on 8/26/2017, 12:07 pm

Don't let it irritate you, but definitely make an effort to arrive earlier and position your chairs early on to make sure you fill out your side.

Expect all kinds of craziness cause this is Classic League and winning is how you stay here so don't expect parents to lose gracefully.
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Post by Bears on 8/26/2017, 1:42 pm

More so than just etiquette, we all know how things can pop off when you have back and forth chatter between opposing teams' spectators. I think team managers can and should address the issue.

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Post by MurderWasTheCase on 8/26/2017, 1:59 pm

I get up and walk away, things can escalate and I don't want to be part of it.

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Post by Dallassoccerdad on 8/26/2017, 2:07 pm

^don't want to catch another case huh?


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Post by FCD07 Mom on 8/26/2017, 2:14 pm

Best thing to do is to stay calm and all of a sudden pop one of the mouthy dads right on the nose...this should resolve everything....   Rolling Eyes

Seriously, just walk away....who cares? This is 9-10 yr boys soccer in Dallas, tx....Not the final of the Champions League.... JUst because the word "CLASSIC" contains the word "CLASS", it doesn't mean that any of the parents there have any....so please be the 1% that do and walk away....not worth the headache...

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Post by CATX on 8/26/2017, 3:13 pm

Socceroo wrote:Best thing to do is to stay calm and all of a sudden pop one of the mouthy dads right on the nose...this should resolve everything....   Rolling Eyes

Seriously, just walk away....who cares? This is 9-10 yr boys soccer in Dallas, tx....Not the final of the Champions League.... JUst because the word "CLASSIC" contains the word "CLASS", it doesn't mean that any of the parents there have any....so please be the 1% that do and walk away....not worth the headache...

Boo on you for a rational, mature response. Mad

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Post by MurderWasTheCase on 8/26/2017, 6:41 pm

Dallassoccerdad wrote:^don't want to catch another case huh?


nope!

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Post by Dad1976 on 8/26/2017, 9:32 pm

Socceroo wrote:Best thing to do is to stay calm and all of a sudden pop one of the mouthy dads right on the nose...this should resolve everything....   Rolling Eyes

Seriously, just walk away....who cares? This is 9-10 yr boys soccer in Dallas, tx....Not the final of the Champions League.... JUst because the word "CLASSIC" contains the word "CLASS", it doesn't mean that any of the parents there have any....so please be the 1% that do and walk away....not worth the headache...

I think the sooner people realize that maybe 1-2 kids per year in the whole classic league may go on to play professional soccer and that will likely be with an MLS team (making peanuts), the better off they will be. At best maybe a scholarship to a no-name college where you still have to find a real job (unless you want to be a coach) after graduation. Maybe a few smart ones will play for good schools (Duke, UCLA,Stanford,etc.) but only a few.Puts stuff like this in perspective. But hey, I don't want to be a Debbie-downer.

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Post by mstov on 8/26/2017, 11:58 pm

Dad1976 wrote:
Socceroo wrote:Best thing to do is to stay calm and all of a sudden pop one of the mouthy dads right on the nose...this should resolve everything....   Rolling Eyes

Seriously, just walk away....who cares? This is 9-10 yr boys soccer in Dallas, tx....Not the final of the Champions League.... JUst because the word "CLASSIC" contains the word "CLASS", it doesn't mean that any of the parents there have any....so please be the 1% that do and walk away....not worth the headache...

I think the sooner people realize that maybe 1-2 kids per year in the whole classic league may go on to play professional soccer and that will likely be with an MLS team (making peanuts), the better off they will be. At best maybe a scholarship to a no-name college where you still have to find a real job (unless you want to be a coach) after graduation. Maybe a few smart ones will play for good schools (Duke, UCLA,Stanford,etc.) but only a few.Puts stuff like this in perspective. But hey, I don't want to be a Debbie-downer.

I have to disagree. If we don't encourage our children to be passionate about whatever there dreams/aspirations are, than what is the point even of even trying anything? Believing and striving to be the best 1 or 2 is the greatest lesson any parent can give their children through athletics, academia etc. That and don't sit on the wrong side of the sideline! Razz

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Post by bigtex75081 on 8/27/2017, 8:43 am

@CATX - I don't understand... How did the argument with the other parents start in this situation? What initiated the confrontation? Perhaps did you try to insist that they move?

I don't sit in the mixer with all the other parents. Other parents with their idiotic commentary makes me irritated. I sit at the end flags and quietly try to enjoy a good game of youth soccer. Sometimes I clap but mostly I just sit back and relax. If somebody comes down by where I am, and starts acting like a fool, I just scoot my folding chair further away.

This experience is my son's, not mine. Watching my son play soccer is about him. It shouldn't instead devolve into a pissing match between territorial parents.

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Post by Sho'Nuff on 8/27/2017, 6:47 pm

Dallassoccerdad wrote:^don't want to catch another case huh?

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Post by CATX on 8/27/2017, 7:43 pm

@BigTex The argument did indeed start when we walked up to the sideline after the other game and they were already sitting there. We thought a lot of them were there for the other team because we haven't had this happen before (well once and the other team immediately moved their tent to their side when the kids took their place). So the confrontation started when we asked are you guys still the last game and said well why aren't you guys on your side.

This started a very aggressive "It isn't in the rules response and we don't have to move" which got a response of "It may not be in the rule book but is the proper etiquette and right thing to do."

Some of them moved and apologized and the others sat there and talked smack the entire game. IMO, it may not have been worth the confrontation for others but the egregious amount of space they took was ridiculous and I didn't mind saying something. I sure wouldn't start something for 10 yards but the complete middle third where we have parents and grandparents having to double up rows is ridiculous.

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Post by Pantexsoccer on 8/27/2017, 8:43 pm

My opinion is the parents should have that same type of passion regarding their childs academics.
Both of my sons play D1 Classic. Unless the your child is in the top 5% of his class he will end up at NW Somewhere State U with a 1/4 athletic scholarship. Follow the $$$. College Soccer does not generate revenue. It looses $$$.
Let him enjoy the game. The only questions should be: 1. Did you have fun? 2. What would you do differently.
My guess is by the time he's walked off the field it's not in the memory bank.
Finally as the parent - set the example. You are the role model for your child.

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Post by Socceropath on 8/28/2017, 7:11 am

I have to admit this is one of my biggest pet peeves. I encountered this during QT. A couple of parents over the center line is one thing, but when your supporters are relegated to the penalty area I do say something 100% of the time. I will start with a polite request and if that is ignored I make a snarky comment, which I pride myself for being good at. But after that I leave it alone.

What we SHOULD do is call out the offending team on our beloved forum. This has nothing to do with kids, just parents with no class. A little peer pressure can't hurt.

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Post by CATX on 8/28/2017, 8:22 am

Socceropath wrote:I have to admit this is one of my biggest pet peeves.  I encountered this during QT.  A couple of parents over the center line is one thing, but when your supporters are relegated to the penalty area I do say something 100% of the time.  I will start with a polite request and if that is ignored I make a snarky comment, which I pride myself for being good at.  But after that I leave it alone.  

What we SHOULD do is call out the offending team on our beloved forum.  This has nothing to do with kids, just parents with no class.  A little peer pressure can't hurt.  

Yes! I bet it gets on the majority of parents' nerves but only a few will say something. We shoulD Id the SporTs teAms paRentS doing this but wouldn't want to be so obvious about it. Laughing

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Post by melabrew on 8/28/2017, 8:41 am

CATX wrote:
Socceropath wrote:I have to admit this is one of my biggest pet peeves.  I encountered this during QT.  A couple of parents over the center line is one thing, but when your supporters are relegated to the penalty area I do say something 100% of the time.  I will start with a polite request and if that is ignored I make a snarky comment, which I pride myself for being good at.  But after that I leave it alone.  

What we SHOULD do is call out the offending team on our beloved forum.  This has nothing to do with kids, just parents with no class.  A little peer pressure can't hurt.  

Yes! I bet it gets on the majority of parents' nerves but only a few will say something. We shoulD Id the SporTs teAms paRentS doing this but wouldn't want to be so obvious about it. Laughing

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Post by LLHowie on 8/28/2017, 8:47 am

Nice

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Post by Dallassoccerdad on 8/28/2017, 8:51 am

lol!

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Post by Ant_Knee on 8/28/2017, 9:04 am

Haha.....this just made my morning.

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Post by Riquelme Rises on 8/28/2017, 9:51 am

bigtex75081 wrote:@CATX - I don't understand... How did the argument with the other parents start in this situation?  What initiated the confrontation?  Perhaps did you try to insist that they move?

I don't sit in the mixer with all the other parents.  Other parents with their idiotic commentary makes me irritated.  I sit at the end flags and quietly try to enjoy a good game of youth soccer.  Sometimes I clap but mostly I just sit back and relax.  If somebody comes down by where I am, and starts acting like a fool, I just scoot my folding chair further away.

This experience is my son's, not mine.  Watching my son play soccer is about him.  It shouldn't instead devolve into a pissing match between territorial parents.



BigTex well said...I used to sit with other parents but their comments were stupid I had to sit with my wife apart just to watch my bb. It is better that way.
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Post by Riquelme Rises on 8/28/2017, 9:56 am

CATX wrote:@BigTex The argument did indeed start when we walked up to the sideline after the other game and they were already sitting there. We thought a lot of them were there for the other team because we haven't had this happen before (well once and the other team immediately moved their tent to their side when the kids took their place). So the confrontation started when we asked are you guys still the last game and said well why aren't you guys on your side.

This started a very aggressive "It isn't in the rules response and we don't have to move" which got a response of "It may not be in the rule book but is the proper etiquette and right thing to do."

Some of them moved and apologized and the others sat there and talked smack the entire game. IMO, it may not have been worth the confrontation for others but the egregious amount of space they took was ridiculous and I didn't mind saying something. I sure wouldn't start something for 10 yards but the complete middle third where we have parents and grandparents having to double up rows is ridiculous.




@ CATX, those parents are major A-Holes!!!!! I mean we can all be A-Holes just not 100% a dick.....those parents u encountered are 100% dicks. Good for you for saying something to them.
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Post by CATX on 8/28/2017, 10:52 am

@RR...ha yes they are a piece of work. I figured I couldn't have been the only one to have a run in with these people.

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Post by FCD07 Mom on 8/28/2017, 11:45 am

I have no issues stating who they are without capitalizing the letter....

DI STAR FC.

I have heard great things about Coach Bassam. One would hope he would take his time to chat with the parents so that they can understand the frustration of the other team's parents.

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Post by Solar 07B on 8/28/2017, 2:37 pm

Socceroo wrote:I have no issues stating who they are without capitalizing the letter....

DI STAR FC.

I have heard great things about Coach Bassam. One would hope he would take his time to chat with the parents so that they can understand the frustration of the other team's parents.

One mouthy Mom in particular. She never stopped - pure class, that one. I finally had to walk to the flag and sit.

FYI - Most of their parents were very polite, apologized and moved.

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