Three parents, including the town prosecutor, in Castlerock, CO were charged with third degree assault and disorderly conduct when their little brawl landed a kid in the hospital. Apparently, the whole fiasco started when Shannon Carlson and her son tried to dispute an ump’s call. Now, I don’t know how they do things in Castlerock, but where I lived in Chicagoland, that was a big no-no. It didn’t matter if an ump called a strike when the ball hit the dirt and literally rolled to the batter, we could not dispute a call, or tell an ump he’s blind, or run out onto the field and make fools of ourselves. A parent, coach, or played who questioned an ump was promptly removed from the game. (Hmm, maybe I should’ve tried that a time or two to get kicked out of one of the million freezing cold games I’ve sat through over the years.)
According to reports, Shannon and Andrew Carlson’s son and Christy Ausmus’s son got into a fight. The parents all claimed they were just defending their kids, but somehow Ausmus’s sixteen-year-old son was hospitalized with a concussion. Ausmus claimed Andrew Carlson put her son in a chokehold and punched him, prompting Christy Ausmus to repeatedly punch Carlson.
“I hit (Carlson) as hard as I could, as many times as I could, to get him off my kid,” Ausmus said. “He suffers constant headaches still from the concussion.”
Carlson insists he was just defending his son.
We may not know exactly what happened and why, but how sad that a kids’ baseball game deteriorated to this. Why do some parents get so wrapped up in the game? Are they just trying to relive their glory days through their children? I have a feeling that the kids would’ve forgotten all about the bad call in a few days. All six of my kids are involved in sports and even the most competitive of my children would’ve gotten over a bad call, or messed up play, or a lost game the same day. But I’m pretty sure these kids are going to remember the time their parents went all ninja on each other and got arrested for assault at a game. That memory is going to last.
How about you? Have you been to a child’s sporting event where there was a parent looking like they were going to have an aneurysm while screaming from the bleachers? Are YOU that parent? What rules do you have about that kind of behavior where you live?