In two separate incidents over the weekend an adult over stepped the mark (WAY OVER!) at a child’s sports match.

At this rate parents will soon be banned from attending children sports. (or at least restricted)

In Tasmania, an investigation will be launched into a southern Tasmanian under-14 boys football match after a player was allegedly struck by another parent, reports The Mercury.

The father of the boy who was allegedly hit, who did not wish to be named, said the game had finished and both teams came together to shake hands.

“A bit of pushing and shoving broke out among a number of boys and then a number of parents decided to jump in and pull kids out,” he said.

It was at this point his son, who he said had been playing junior footy for eight years, was allegedly struck and an ambulance was called.

“He’s pretty shaken up — kids don’t expect to go to a footy match and be hit by other kids, let alone by hit by parents,” the father said.

The father said last night the family was yet to decide if they would press charges.

Parents fighting at under 7 sports match

Meanwhile The Courier Mail reports in NSW, Police were called to an under-7s rugby league match after a sideline dispute between parents turned ugly.

The incident involved chair throwing and shoving, led to the game being abandoned and pleas to “get the kids outta here”. It reportedly happened at Renown Park, Oatley in Sydney’s southern suburbs.

The dispute was sparked after a contentious decision by a female referee.

Let Kids be Kids!

Play by the Rules recently launched a campaign, Let Kids be Kids, which is a national campaign that addresses poor sideline behaviour – largely at junior sport.

The behaviour of people on the sidelines of junior sport can have a profound impact on kids’ participation and enjoyment of sport.

We recently shared a story about the concerns over the rise of emotional abuse in children’s sport.

Do you think if these issues continue to arise it will mean parents will have to be banned from standing on the sidelines at their children games?

Share your thoughts below.



  • people should be modelling good sportsmanship to their children


  • Individuals should be banned for aggressive behaviour. I don’t imagine sports would run as well without parental support from the sidelines.


  • A decision to ban all parents from childrens’ matches means no genuine support from parents and probably other spectators who behave themselves. It will make competition fare less appealing for many children.


  • maybe a one strike and you’re out rule. Parents are supposed to set the example for their children, some of them are absolutely disgusting


  • I received a verbal spray from a parent that was being aggressive. The verbal spray did not bother me as she needed to stop her aggressive behaviour. Everyone has to stamp out this unacceptable behaviour by parents – role models. No child should be insulted or injured by an adult – never ever ok.


  • These parents are a disgrace !
    Those who misbehave should be banned, but to ban all because some misbehave ??


  • I think there should be bans for parents who cause concern for players and other spectators. I don’t know how you would enforce those bans though.


  • Parents should not be banned but just behave!


  • Parents who show any amount of emotion that is out of hand should be banned well before it gets to a point of them asulting a child. Surely there was behaviour that led up to this?


  • This is really awful. Thankfully I’ve not seen behaviour like this.


  • Absolutely. These things shouldn’t happen. What a terrible example these parents give to the kids!!


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