Having gone to my first football match as a substitute father a couple weekends ago I saw quite a few different flavour parents.
They were under 9’s so they play a few rules that you may not be aware of:
- During goal kicks the opposition team has to be in their own half
- No offsides
- No bookings
So from what I can tell here are the different flavour parents I saw:
These are the ones that complain about everything the other team do, but say nothing when their own team does it. The “rules” are very lose in this football as these boys are not always aware of the limits, so there are a lot of high foot and pushing going on but unless it’s major the ref tends to let it slide.
The over competitive ones:
These are the super complainers, they don’t just complain to the people on the touchline. But they complain to the ref, get as close as they can to the pitch, and sometimes even tell other peoples kids off!!!
The aggressive ones:
These are the ones who yell at their children in that disappointed or aggressive tone. I don’t want you to lose the ball! I don’t want you to turn your back. I don’t want that player to beat you to the ball.
These are the ones that spend the game saying well done, these people tend to encourage everyone not only just their own child.
These are the ones that want to do the managers job, telling players to move, pass, run, mark..
Clearly the encourager’s are the ideal parent, but I can understand how frustration can creep in if you feel that the referee is being inconsistent or unfair. Or if you think the manager is ignoring parts of the pitch or needs help.
What kind of sports parent are you?
Are there anymore types that I didn’t see that day?