Story   Photographer   Editor   Student/Intern   Assistant   Job/Item

SportsShooter.com: The Online Resource for Sports Photography

Contents:
 Front Page
 Member Index
 Latest Headlines
 Special Features
 'Fun Pix'
 Message Board
 Educate Yourself
 Equipment Profiles
 Bookshelf
 my.SportsShooter
 Classified Ads
 Workshop
Contests:
 Monthly Clip Contest
 Annual Contest
 Rules/Info
Newsletter:
 Current Issue
 Back Issues
 Subscribe
Members:
 Members Area
 "The Guide"
 Join
About Us:
 About SportsShooter
 Contact Us
 Terms & Conditions


Sign in:
Members log in here with your user name and password to access the your admin page and other special features.

Name:



Password:







||
SportsShooter.com: Member Message Board

Please keep your kid off the sideline
Darren Whitley, Photographer
Maryville | MO | USA | Posted: 5:07 PM on 04.23.07
->> Earlier this season our director of operations asked that I keep my son off the sidelines. I totally agreed and here's a clip justifying his

See the link below. Please careful not to curse aloud.

http://video.ap.org/v/en-ap/fv/fv.htm?f=OHCIN&g=5DC2D1CA-22A8-4F41-8BAB-682...
 This post is:  Informative (4) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Louis Lopez, Photographer
Fontana | CA | USA | Posted: 5:14 PM on 04.23.07
->> That video should go out to all the booster people that bring their kids, that crowd high school and college sidelines right away. I always thought that would happen sometime. Any word on the kids condition?
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Darren Whitley, Photographer
Maryville | MO | USA | Posted: 5:17 PM on 04.23.07
->> He'll have scar. The video doesn't appear to have made it viral yet. It's just a matter of time.

Makes me sick.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 5:21 PM on 04.23.07
->> What an idiot (the parent)!

I got knocked down shooting a high school game (when I was in high school) and I would never let a kid that age on the sidelines...
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Mark Smith, Photographer
Elk City | OK | USA | Posted: 5:22 PM on 04.23.07
->> Wow!
My teenage nephew assists me at high school football games by holding a flash-pod. He plays football himself, knows the game and can get out of the way more nimbly than his uncle.
Having a toddler out there, or any kid who isn't old enough to be aware of what is happening and able to react, is obviously terribly dangerous. Good to hear that the kid is going to be okay. He could have easily been killed.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Mark Smith, Photographer
Elk City | OK | USA | Posted: 5:26 PM on 04.23.07
->> Louis, he had a cut on his head, but they did tests and there was no other damage. Just lucky though, if you watch the video, you can tell that the kids head could have easily been between the player's helmet or shoulder pads, and this would have likely yielded another result.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Darren Whitley, Photographer
Maryville | MO | USA | Posted: 5:34 PM on 04.23.07
->> http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/12861430/detail.html
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Kristina Barker, Student/Intern, Photographer
San Francisco | Ca | USA | Posted: 5:36 PM on 04.23.07
->> oh my god who in their right mind would let their kid stand out there!!! effing idiots.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (1) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Jonathan Castner, Photographer
Longmont | CO | USA | Posted: 6:21 PM on 04.23.07
->> I see loads of this kind of thing especially at High School games. I often see a half dozen men in a clump, and it's always men, standing with their toes on the sideline eating a hot dog during the game and there is usually 2-3 small boys running around them. I always tell the police at the game to get them off the field. Once last season I had a maybe 7 year old boy run into me because he didn't see me standing there with my 400mm lens and red jacket since he and his friend were playing catch on the sideline during the game. Amazing ...
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Dennis Wierzbicki, Photographer
Miami | FL | USA | Posted: 7:55 PM on 04.23.07
->> The mother of the child "doesn't want the incident to interfere with CSU's family-friendly spring games, but said she may have felt different if her son had been seriously injured." ???

The fact that it ended well has no bearing on whether her 4 year-old child should have been on playing on the sidelines or not! Her son had no business being there in the first place. These players are big, they're fast and they are not looking out for 4 year-old kids.

She was incredibly lucky yet still, she doesn't get it. Her son could have been KILLED.!

Man, what does it take to wake some people up?

As a parent, it is HER job to keep her child safe, NOT the job of the school, or the players, or the coaches, or the.......
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Rick Rowell, Photographer, Photo Editor
Santee | CA | USA | Posted: 8:10 PM on 04.23.07
->> In 25 plus years of shooting high school football I've seen some close calls. I was able to push a boy out of the way before I moved back myself. The boy hit the ground but was ok. The running back just missed us both going at full speed. The kids dad wasn't to happy with me pushing his kid, but he had his back turned and wasn't watching the play. After the play was over the referee called time and came over to the kids father and told them to leave the field. I was lucky I guess because the referee backed me up. He told the dad he's lucky his kid wasn't badly hurt. Every head referee should clear the sidelines of anyone not serving a proper function on the field. That kids going to wear that scare the rest of his life and that's a shame, when the situation could have been so easily avoided. My 2 cents.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Juliann Tallino, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | usa | Posted: 8:17 PM on 04.23.07
->> I've seen people leave a toddler (maybe 2yrs old or less) on a blanket right on the sideline and walk away. I've seen a guy wearing a baby backpack complete with baby, on the sidelines, lets do the math, that would be the weight of the 250+lb football player (those HS kids are HUGE) and the weight of the idiot father falling on the baby, not a pretty scenario. I've seen strollers on the sidelines, there is no end to the stupidity of some people.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Julio Cortez, Photographer
TREASURE COAST | FL | USA | Posted: 8:57 PM on 04.23.07
->> wow! scary
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Jody Gomez, Photographer
Murrieta | CA | USA | Posted: 8:58 PM on 04.23.07
->> I learned the step and twist move from the bull fighters back when I shot bull riding alot. The thought process behind it is that you usually can't get out of the way of a player (or a bull) running at full speed by running in a straight line. However, if you step to the side and turn, the football player (or bull) will go right past you. It lessens the chance of tripping over your monopod as well. I can't tell you how many times it has saved me while shooting football and downhill mountain biking. Luckily, I never let a bull get close enough to me where I'd need that manuever. :~)

Jody
 This post is:  Informative (2) | Funny (0) | Huh? (1) | Off Topic (1) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

John Plassenthal, Photographer
Vandalia | OH | USA | Posted: 11:58 PM on 04.23.07
->> It's stories like this that remind me of how right Darwin was and how far we've gotten away from common sense. It seems that every where we turn there is yet another law to protect the stupid from themselves. I'm actually suprised that they aren't suing the University because their son was injured and the University should have not let them be there. Want to bet that next year they don't let anyone (including responsible adults) on the sidelines to over-compensate?

In Ohio the cost of litigation from such things has killed several historical railroads. We used to have about a dozen excellent railroad excursions that kept the history alive. About 6 years ago they all closed their doors because of a new liability statute that meant if someone put their head under the wheel they were laible for that person's injury.

When will common sense again prevail and the courts allow natural selection to remove such individuals from the gene pool?

[I'll get off my soap box now. :)]
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Stanley Brewster, Student/Intern, Photographer
Boise | ID | USA | Posted: 12:59 AM on 04.24.07
->> Different situation ... same results!

Last Saturday the brand new Boise Burn, the latest AF2 expansion franchise, made their home opening debut in Qwest Arena. Lots of excitement, but maybe a little too much excitement for ths young fan:



http://www.ktvb.com/video/index.html?nvid=138049
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Dirk Dewachter, Photographer
Playa Del Rey | CA | USA | Posted: 1:45 AM on 04.24.07
->> I'm with Rick and others on this. But this is not isolated to toddlers, there are a number of people, often high school kids, that are on high school game fields standing around to socialize and not watching the action or monitoring the play. There are some schools that do very well in policing their sidelines but there are a number of more affluent schools that just allow anybody and everybody on the sidelines. As prep sports is growing in popularity so will the crowds on the sidelines and clean sidelines are often a lot safer for all those who have to be there because there are more avenues of escape.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Doug Holleman, Photographer
Temple | TX | USA | Posted: 2:42 AM on 04.24.07
->> Yikes, that was messed up.

That kid will probably grow up to be either an All American linebacker or captain of the chess team...not sure which.

I hope the little guy is OK.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (1) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Aaron Rhoads, Photographer
McComb | MS | USA | Posted: 2:50 AM on 04.24.07
->> John

the gene pool in the herd is thinning out.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Leo Salinas, Photographer
Washington | DC | USA | Posted: 8:07 AM on 04.24.07
->> I might be off topic,

but wasn't there a thread on these boards earlier about someone wanting some type of harness device to hold their child while he shot sports?

Isn't that just as dangerous?
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Curtis Clegg, Photographer
Belvidere | IL | USA | Posted: 9:02 AM on 04.24.07
->> According to the Caden Thomas' dad, there were "throngs" of kids on the sidelines because of some kind of festival on the north concourse:
http://www.9news.com/rss/article.aspx?storyid=68605
so it's hard to put *all* the blame on the parents. But still...
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (1) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Thomas E. Witte, Photographer, Photo Editor
Fashion Heights | OH | USA | Posted: 10:34 AM on 04.24.07
->> Both these kids just went from being brain surgeons to photojournalists. I'm going to make it a point to show these videos to some of the more crowded sidelined teams.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Marvin Gentry, Photographer
Birmingham | AL | USA | Posted: 10:43 AM on 04.24.07
->> I aggree tottally!!! Keep the kids and the hang alongs off the sideline. I had an incident this past high school football season it was a playoff game involving the 2 A Day team from the show on MTV. There were literally 200+ parents on the each sidelineof each team. After fighting the dang parents for a half. I made a comment to a Lt of the local police department that I know from going to the games and said I couldn't do my job sufficiantly with all the hang alongs. I then reminded him of an incident where a person was on the sideline and was seriously injured. The sued the school, the refferees, and the city . He said oh yeah and then he cleared both sidelines needless to say there were some pissed off parents because there were no seats in the stadium now. But oh well maybe they will start off in the stand next time.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (1) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Dennis Wierzbicki, Photographer
Miami | FL | USA | Posted: 11:26 AM on 04.24.07
->> Curtis,

"According to the Caden Thomas' dad (sic), there were "throngs" of kids on the sidelines because of some kind of festival on the north concourse:... so it's hard to put *all* the blame on the parents. But still..."

Well then the kid should have STAYED in the North concourse and off the field and his parents should have stayed with him. I repeat my earlier point: as a parent, Caden's father is the one responsible for his safety regardless of how many other ignorant parents are letting THEIR kids play on the sidelines, or wander out of the North concourse and onto the sidelines, or of the fact that CSU let them on the sidelines, or that he or his wife only turned away for an instant - the kid should have never been there in the first place. Period. He should have either left him at home with Grandma, or with a sitter, or stayed with him in the stands.

When I take my kid to somewhere that is more dangerous than average, it is incumbent on me to also raise my level of awareness to watch out for him because he cannot and will not watch out for himself, otherwise I should not bring him. That is part of my job as a parent.

The sidelines of an NCAA football game are no place for kids toddling around, nor for that matter, ignorant parents.
 This post is:  Informative (1) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

James W. Prichard, Photographer, Photo Editor
Portland | OR | USA | Posted: 11:46 AM on 04.24.07
->> CNN just ran the video. The kid got a few stitches and will be fine. The coach may rethink allowing kids/family on the sideline.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Brian Mount, Student/Intern
Simi Valley | CA | USA | Posted: 12:02 PM on 04.24.07
->> I'm all for family and children enjoying the game, but they need to from the stands. This is just another reason why they should be left in the bleachers. I don't care who you are related to whether it is coaches or players, if your not covering the game for an organization or actually playing in the game, there is no reason to be down on the field.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Rick Rowell, Photographer, Photo Editor
Santee | CA | USA | Posted: 12:37 PM on 04.24.07
->> The Today show reported the got 300 stitches. I would say that's more than a few. I wonder if the boys parents realize how lucky they are. That kid could very easily be in the hospital with serious injuries or worse, in the deep freeze. As for the other video that was posted by Stanley Brewster. That dad is an idiot. He should have taken that kid straight to the hospital and had him checked out for a possible concussion. That kid took a hell of a knock and probably has a pretty good shiner to prove it. It is possible to have a delayed reaction to a hit in the head. Any kind of sharp blow to the head should be checked out ASAP. I'm not a doctor and I don't play one on TV, but has everyone lost all common since.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Bob Ford, Photographer
Lehighton | Pa | USA | Posted: 12:47 PM on 04.24.07
->> The AP reported that Caden Thomas received 30 stitches.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Jim Comeau, Student/Intern, Photographer
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 1:01 PM on 04.24.07
->> http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_5501939,00.html

Turns out the kid got a football signed by the entire team.

"It was kind of scary 'cause I got bonked by the football," the boy said, hugging his own football. "It kind of hurted."

Good to see that he's ok. That video really made me jump in my seat. That hit could have easily been fatal.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

William Maner, Photographer
Biloxi | MS | USA | Posted: 1:19 PM on 04.24.07
->> Absolutely stupid...That's all you can say about the kids on the sidelines.

When I covered my first college football game 37 years ago, you could practically stand on the edge of the field and take pictures.

Over the years, I've seen more and more bodies on the sidelines--boosters, friends, friends of friends, etc. It has become quite crowded on the sidelines at any major college football game. Even some schools are auctioning off sideline passes to fans so they can see the action up close and personal.

What's compounded the problem is that the NCAA has adopted "safety" zones on the sidelines. In the old days, you could kneel right up to the sideline itself.. Then the "line" got pushed back six feet.. Then later, it was pushed back to the current 12 feet. Being back 12 feet really cuts down on the angles to shoot. The sideline "box" now runs between the 25 yard lines. Players and others can crowd up to the sidelines, blocking a lot of shot opportunities.

Now you have kids running around. It has gotten to be a mess.

I just let out a sigh whenever I see old baseball newsreel clips. Seeing photographers with Crown and Speed Graphics sitting 20-30 feet from home plate taking pictures. They were there when Joe DiMaggio was hitting... Just look at the linked picture..

http://images.usatoday.com/sports/photos/joed01.jpg
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Jody Gomez, Photographer
Murrieta | CA | USA | Posted: 2:20 PM on 04.24.07
->> For whoever marked my post with a "huh?", since this thread is about the toddler being hit on the sidelines, and others shared stories of close calls they've been involved in or witnessed, I wanted to share a manuever I learned that may help someone avoid being hit.

Sorry if I confused anyone and it wasn't understood that my post was related to safety on the sidelines.
 This post is:  Informative (3) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Troy Thomas, Photographer
Kansas City | MO | USA | Posted: 2:30 PM on 04.24.07
->> It'll change once the lawyers get involved and sue some school for a coupel of mil
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Dennis Wierzbicki, Photographer
Miami | FL | USA | Posted: 2:53 PM on 04.24.07
->> Troy,

Yep, that crossed my mind - let me weave a fictional scenario here we may have heard before: parents let their kid do something he shouldn't do; kid gets injured; parents take no responsibility because the authorities and the organization "let the kid" do this thing and didn't stop him, or adequately warn the parents of the dangers; parents get contacted by a Lawyer; parents blame the authorities and the organization; parents sue the authorities and the organization; parents win a multi-million dollar law suit. Kid has a cosmetic scar, and who knows what else...parents get a new house, new cars, quit jobs, etc...

I don't know, I'm not a Lawyer, and I didn't even stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night...
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Michael Self, Photographer, Photo Editor
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 4:11 PM on 04.24.07
->> This all reminds me of the young kids I see at the racetrack/dragstrip. Wandering all over the place in the pits, and none of them with any hearing protection whatsoever.

In my opinion, it's ALWAYS the parents' fault. I wholeheartedly agree with the "natural selection" comment above.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Ian Halperin, Photographer
Plano(Dallas) | TX | USA | Posted: 4:52 PM on 04.24.07
->> Most passes say "No Children" but people look the other way...until this happens. I would bet the Risk Management people are firing off letters to ADs all over the country: Get the kids off the sidelines!
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Josh Thompson, Photographer
Ontario | California | USA | Posted: 5:08 PM on 04.24.07
->> This is one of the most frightening videos I've seen in a long time. I cringe when I see that kid crying and grabbing at his head. Last night on the news, the woman was cited as saying things like, "I turned my head for a second and he was gone." And, "things like this happen."

As a parent of a 2-year-old girl, I always know where she is, especially when I take her where there are a lot of people.

"Things like this happen" because there are stupid parents that think nothing will happen to their children, but blame everybody else when something does.

And yes, small children should not be anywhere near the sidelines at sporting events, it's just too dangerous.
 This post is:  Informative (1) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Sam Santilli, Photographer
Philippi | WV | USA | Posted: 9:30 PM on 04.24.07
->> When you write checks to athletic booster clubs or the university directly, you get "special" treatment. Poor kid, and my heart also goes out to the college player, how is he feeling? At the C-ball games I shot tonight, I must have told every kid at least once to put their fingers back inside of the fence protectinbg the dugouts. The coaches said they tell them every game as well. Then one of the coaches standing right next to he between the dugout door and third base takes a foul ball on the lip and nose, blood starts flowing, and thank goodness the league uses the "soft" balls at that age group. The kids backed up of off the fence after that.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Rick Yeatts, Photographer
Dallas | TX | USA | Posted: 12:22 AM on 04.25.07
->> I see of 7 to 12 years old on the sideline all the time and they are usuall playing a game of grab ass with each other. They are just having a good time why not thats what they do it"s there nature.It"s not there fault. Someone is falling to pressure or there are not aware of the danger it poeses for the kid and everyone else arounf them. What scares me most it student videogaphers. They are more dangerous than some 6 year old hanging out.There safty is not really my problem it's the problem they cause that can effect me and my work.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (1) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Will Powers, Photographer
Denver | CO | USA | Posted: 7:29 PM on 04.25.07
->> The family and the player were on the Today show this morning.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Daniel Tunstall, Photographer
Pearland (Houston) | TX | USA | Posted: 12:18 AM on 04.29.07
->> The hype this "parent" got from all this truely amazes me. If I would have been as stupid as this guy was, you would not see me, my wife would have killed me.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Theresa Scarbrough, Photographer
Laredo | TX | USA | Posted: 1:07 AM on 04.29.07
->> I cannot believe a parent would bring his kid into a situation like this, what an idiot! I know I have had a more than a few close calls while shooting, but at least I am paying attention to the plays and have a heads up that the ball/players are coming my way. This poor kid didn't have a chance, I am so glad to read he is ok.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Michael Fischer, Photographer
Spencer | Ia | USA | Posted: 1:40 AM on 04.29.07
->> His father is a physician.

Some idiot on the Today show gushes all over the place when they should have read the riot act to the parents for placing their child in harms way in the first place.

I feel bad for the player, worse for the child. His parents are lucky this child wasn't seriously hurt.

Unbelievable...simply unbelievable.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 5:02 AM on 04.29.07
->> Rick R - You're lucky indeed...the kind of idiot who lets his kid play on the sidelines is the kind of idiot who would sue you for "assaulting" his kid.

Jody - I've given up trying to understand why some people mark threads the way they do. Apparently idiocy isn't confined to the sidelines. Ole! :-)
 This post is:  Informative (1) | Funny (0) | Huh? (1) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 8:35 PM on 04.29.07
->> Everyone of us can help this situation.

Background:
I have been officiating basketball for 12 years, and just today, during an AAU game in Fresno, parents were letting a 2-year-old girl wander around on the floor adjacent to the first level of seats at the bleachers. This kid was nothing more than a bowling pin in a dive for a loose ball, fast OOB ball, etc, similar to what occurred on the video.

I stopped the game, reminded the parents to keep the child in the stands, not on the floor and explained to them why. 5 minutes later, same kid was again wandering loose on the playing floor level, exposed to an OOB, or scrum, etc. I stopped the game again and told them in no uncertain terms that if the child is seen wandering around again, I will ask the game administrator to escort them out of the gym, and the game will not resume until the child is out of the gym. In the NASO (National Association of Sports Officials), we maintain $1 million liability insurance for just this kind of situation. Had I not taken action to secure the child, and she got hurt, I could have been exposed to ugly legal action.

You photographers who roam the sidelines and courtside, learn this: IT IS THE REFEREE WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SAFETY OF FANS AS IT PERTAINS TO ACTION ON THE FLOOR. THE REFEREES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR HANDLING FANS WHO EXPOSE THEMSELVES TO POTENTIAL INJURY. If you see a child where he or she should not be, tell the referee ASAP, and lacking that, find the game administrator and tell that person. During a timeout, get the refs attention any way you can, and let them know what is occurring. Screw decorum, screw feeling like your interfering with the game, screw your chimping opportunity; better that than an injured, or, God forbid, a dead child.

I cannot count the number of games I have held up on an in-bounds throw, or even a tip-off waiting for a child to get out of harm's way. Parents are often well-meaning and do not always understand the risk, and once told, they cooperate. But many are stupid beyond description, letting their children wander everywhere.

If you see it, let someone know.

Phil
 This post is:  Informative (4) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Add your comments...
If you'd like to add your comments to this thread, use this form. You need to be an active (paying) member of SportsShooter.com in order to post messages to the system.

NOTE: If you would like to report a problem you've found within the SportsShooter.com website, please let us know via the 'Contact Us' form, which alerts us immediately. It is not guaranteed that a member of the staff will see your message board post.
Thread Title: Please keep your kid off the sideline
Thread Started By: Darren Whitley
Message:
Member Login:
Password:




Return to -->
Message Board Main Index
Is your name on THIS list? ::..