So, there’s a nationwide shortage of youth sports referees, related to crappy pay and ridiculous workloads and abusive parents. Here’s a novel idea for how to combat this problem, by way of sunny Iowa: train prison inmates in the subtle arts of basketball refereeing.
A mother whose daughter played volleyball under coach Rick Butler has filed a federal lawsuit against Butler and his wife, Cheryl, saying that Butler sexually abused “no fewer than six” underage girls and that the Butlers hid the abuses so their coaching business could continue. The lawsuit goes into detail about how…
The AAU has banned the legendary youth volleyball coach Rick Butler after a multi-year investigation into sexual abuse allegations. The removal was announced Friday. In an emailed statement, the AAU, which had remained silent for months about the allegations, said:
The Washington Post has a report out today detailing how failures to address the sexual abuse of children and young women go far beyond USA Gymnastics. And it includes some pretty big numbers on how many reports of possible sexual misconduct are lodged from many of these sports each year.
The Littleton Hockey Association has removed a coach from its Bantam travel team after video surfaced on social media of what can only be described as one of the most incredible and unhinged pregame motivational rants in the history of youth hockey, hockey, and, indeed, sports:
Snacks: Are there too many of them? I don’t know—when I look in my pantry, I am often disappointed by how few snacks there are. If you ask me, there should be a lot more snacks around me at all times. Snacks are good is a broadly popular opinion, judging by the contents of aisles four thru six of my local Wegmans.
If you’ve ever seen a youth official get jeered by a crowd after a close call and thought, “Why does anyone want to be a ref?” you’re not alone. Across the country, high school athletic associations are getting more desperate as they try to recruit qualified officials for their sporting events.
A group of 10-year-olds in New Jersey decided to forfeit the rest of their basketball season rather than play without their female teammates, who had been kicked off the team by the league.
This large hockey son is definitely getting booted from his high school hockey game in Buffalo, NY for knocking down the ref trying to put him in the penalty box. But to be perfectly honest, I’m pretty sure the ref shoved first.
Moms, we need to talk about football, a very popular sport you may be harming. It is, in the words of one of its alleged coaching minds, “the best game that’s ever been fucking invented.” (Pardon the salty language, but I figure if you’re a parent you already appreciate the miracles that fucking brings.) The quote…
This has been a crazy year for sports—and an even crazier year for youth sports. These kids are knocking it out of the park.
Last weekend, Howell High School and Manalapan High School played to a 1-1 tie in boys hockey at Howell Ice World. The game got wild in the third period when a Howell player was given a ten minute penalty for cursing at referee Dave Brown. There was only five minutes left in the game, so this essentially constituted…
South Carolina’s Terrence Gist hammered a ball way out of the park in his team’s Little League World Series game against Rhode Island today—just as ESPN was sitting down with his mom for a live interview. The pandering LLWS broadcasts can be awful at times, but maybe it’s worth it for moments like these?
The Little League Softball World Series has erupted in controversy after a team from Snohomish, Washington threw its game against a North Carolina squad, allegedly to knock out a tough Central Iowa All-Stars team from the tournament.
MLB Network analyst Mitch Williams is on an indefinite leave of absence from the league-owned cable channel after a series of incidents at a youth baseball tournament that witnesses tell us included the former big-league hurler calling a ten-year-old "a pussy."
In the lax-crazy scholastic sports scene of the high-end Washington D.C. market, a game between Landon School and Georgetown Prep is essentially 'Skins vs. Cowboys, except with more people named Topper. They're two of the fancy-pantsiest all-boys secondary schools in the area, and their athletic rivalry offers a good…
This past week, we brought you video of a Manitoba hockey dad who called one 15-year old player "a midget" and subsequently threatened that player's father, all while holding an infant. (Sadly, the video is private now.) Then we brought you the news that the angry hockey dad, identified as Jason Boyd, also cheered…
Russian players don't have the best reputation as fighters in the NHL, but the next generation of Russian hockey stars seems set on changing that. As you can see, this game got away from the referees a bit, with most of each team ending up in the penalty box at once:
We have pretty much zero information on this, other than it showed up on YouTube today with comments disabled and in the wrong format. We could ask questions, but it's better to just enjoy what's a pretty outstanding free kick most adults would fail in an attempt.