What do you do when your “talented” 7-year-old doesn’t make the local Little League All Star Team? Do you: A) console the boy and work with him on his skills for next year, or B) Ask the coach what the boy could have done better? or C) Scream and yell so much that you get into an altercation with another parent and eventually get kicked out of the ballpark . . . for life?
Here’s something we didn’t know: in Florida high school baseball, the coach has to trim the team’s roster to only 20 players during the playoffs. Meaning, of course, that some kids who have played hard for the team all season won’t be on the bus for a possible championship run. But rules are rules and the coaches try to follow them. Coaches like Miami Springs Senior High baseball coach Jason Moris who stands all of 5’3″ and 140 lbs (that will be important later, so take note.) Moris had to cut four players on his team to get down to the 20 for the playoffs, and one of those cut was the son of Robert Rodriguez (who stands about 6′ tall and weighs 300 lbs).
You can see where this one is going from a mile away, can’t you?
So, after Moris parked his car at the school earlier this week, Rodriguez approached him and the two started talking. We’re sure it started off about the latest clashes in the Middle East and the decline of the dollar, but likely turned to the baseball roster shortly after that. At some point, the discussion got heated. Then punches were thrown. Because of the bruises on Moris’ face, you’d think he’d be the one to call the cops, but apparently Mr. Rodriguez did, thinking police would side with him. But after seeing the size difference between the two men and the marks on the coach’s face, they arrested Rodriguez and reportedly charged him with battery.
Upon further investigation, it should be noted that the player in question, young Ian Rodriguez started the season off as a very promising pitcher for the squad and received plenty of playing time. That dwindled over the season as the coaches had more and more disciplinary problems with him. Surprise!
Parents are naturally protective of their children and this rings exceptionally true in Australia, where a fight broke out at an Under-11 soccer match. Playing time–or the lack thereof–is believed to be the root of the problem between 2 fathers & a coach, who all took it to the level of a prison yard brawl when keys, scissors & a chair were used as weapons. (What, no one had a filed down toothbrush handle ready?)
Is having your son get more time on the field worth fighting over? A better question would be, why did one of them have scissors in the first place? Was he cutting coupons in the stands? Or does he always carry a pair around in case of a shanking emergency?
A ground marshal helped break up the fight and described one the combatants afterward: ”His hands were battered and bruised, he had cuts and abrasions, his shirt was torn, there were cuts on his face, neck and back.”
The Sydney Morning Herald has the details & remember, all this happened in front of kids 10 & under:
Parents called police, who took all three away and charged each with affray and common assault. Two were charged with carrying an offensive implement [a chair and scissors]. Children of both teams witnessed the altercation, including those whose parents were involved. The father of one of the Liverpool Olympic players said his 10-year-old son was ”frightened and upset by what had happened” and said there was a lot of swearing. He said the son of one of the men involved was begging his father ”please don’t” and trying to get him to stop.
You know, at most high schools, if there is going to be a brawl during a basketball game it usually involves the players. Or at least a coach and some players or some fans and some players. Rarely do the athletes sit back and just watch the drama unfold, but that is exactly what happened in Charlotte, NC during a game between the Butler Bulldogs and the East Mecklenburg Eagles. Apparently a Butler player’s father got into an argument when a school resource officer (read that as a police officer who spends his whole time keeping kids at one school out of trouble) asked the man’s daughter to sit on the opposite side of the gym with her own school’s fans. The two of them got into it, then the man’s wife and daughter jumped in and started hitting the officer on the head. Ultimately only dad got arrested and could face a number of charges related to the incident. Watch the video for yourself below.
Basketball brawl at high school in North Carolina (WECT)
Actually, it sounds like both father AND son were involved in the incident that took place at North Stanly High School (NC) following a game Friday night. So far, no one seems to know what provoked the attack (but usually these types of incidents are over a lack of playing time when dad thinks junior is a superstar and he ain’t), but it came following the game as coach Bobby Staley was cleaning up.
The real stupid part? The allegedly attacker/Father of the Year did it in front of a police officer who was working the game. As a result, Michael Todd Forrest faces assault charges and his son/superstar player, Logan, was charged with obstructing an officer during the incident. He has yet to show up back and school and will face disciplinary action when he does.
Here’s more from WSOC-TV (link includes video clip):
Deputies arrested Michael Todd Forrest on Friday night and charged him with assaulting his son’s coach, Bobby Staley, after a basketball game. They also charged 17-year-old Logan Forrest with obstructing an officer when he tried to intervene.” A parent and student basically attacked the fellow from behind,” said Dr. Samuel DePaul, Stanly County Schools superintendent. DePaul said he’s still not sure what led up to the attack that came as Staley was cleaning up after the game.
A young person joins a team and for some reason it just doesn’t work out. Not the right sport for them, there’s not good chemistry with the other players or the coach or . . . who knows? But it happens all the time and usually it’s best for all parties to just move on. But not, apparently, this lady, who really, really, really must have wanted her daughter on that sports team. Enough to go to school and smack the coach around so he got the message.
Message received. Let’s just hope this girl’s boyfriend doesn’t dump her right before the prom!
A 52-year-old Newhall woman was arrested last week for allegedly attacking a Hart High School sports coach who had dropped her daughter from a varsity sports team, authorities said Wednesday. The woman was arrested at her home Monday on suspicion of assaulting a school employee, according to arrest records. She was released from custody after posting $60,000 bail.
The alleged assault occurred on Nov. 16 on the Hart High School campus. The mother allegedly struck the coach several times in the head and arms with her hands after she was told her daughter had been cut from a varsity sports team, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Lt. Brenda Cambra said in an e-mail.
Mom arrested after hitting varsity coach (The Signal)