Saturday, February 16, 2013

Hockey Dad's Antics Caught on Tape

Article written by The Comish - Winnipeg Consultant Sportmentary Online Sports Talk
Jason Boyd is in the running for 'fool of the year' in my books and we are only 45 days into 2013. He is the father who was caught on video (watch the video) heckling a 15 year old during a youth hockey game in Winnipeg. He was calling the youngster a midget and he hurled this insult within earshot of the player's parent while Boyd was holding a young child in his arms.

The young player's father asked Boyd to stop and this request sent Boyd into a rage. Fortunately, this video has gone viral but the unfortunate part is this type of boorish behavior is all too common at youth sporting events.

12K Pump SkateI have personally witnessed other hockey parents in action insulting time keepers, being overzealous in support of their own child or pushing their child to play even though the child does not want too.

All parents want their kids to be happy and excel but the hockey parent is a different species unto its own. In general most parents are supportive, loving and caring of their child's trials and tribulations playing Canada's game but certain parents are living vicariously through their child.

These are the parents to watch out for as the line between fantasy and reality is blurred. They lose perspective and fail to control their emotions, which not only affects the other parents around them, the coaches, referees, the players but most importantly they affect their own child and the end result is ruining that child's experience, which should be to play for the love of the game and not the one in a million chance the child may make it to the pros.

Mr. Boyd should be beyond embarrassed and you have to wonder if he would be apologizing had the incident not been caught on tape. Hopefully it changes his behavior and makes other parents think twice about their behavior at the rinks.

For his outlandish and terrible behavior Jason Boyd is Saturday's Fool of the Day.

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