Reining in 'Bad News' Sports Parents
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Bad behavior on the sidelines at kids' sports games isn't new. But now park districts and leagues are trying to get parents and other adults to chill out. One park district in suburban Chicago has posted signs to remind them to behave. (June 20)

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SHOTLIST:AP Television -- AP CLIENTS ONLYJune 11, 2013Buffalo Grove, Illinois1. Parents in stands with field in background. Nat Sound: Parents clap and cheer2. Shot of new parent behavior sign with player in background3. Tight shot of new sign4. SOUNDBITE: Mike Terson, Buffalo Grove (Ill.) Park District reads sign (transcript below)AP Television -- AP CLIENTS ONLYJune 4, 2006Corpus Christi, Texas5. Parents fight at youth football game. NAT SOUND: "Call the cops!"AP Television -- AP CLIENTS ONLYJune 11, 2013Buffalo Grove, Illinois6. SOUNDBITE: Mike Terson, spokesman, Buffalo Grove (Ill.) Park District (transcript below)++NOTE SHOT 7 AND PART OF SHOT 8 OVERLAID WITH AUDIO++7. Mike Terson chats with parent in youth league baseball stands8. Wide shot of field from behind home plate9. Player strikes out. NAT SOUND: Umpire: "Strike three! Batter's out."10. Parents watch strikeout from stands. NAT SOUND: Parents groan. Mom Elizabeth Rosin to departing batter: "That's OK. Don't worry."11. SOUNDBITE: Elizabeth Rosin, mom (transcript below)12. Player tries to throw ball to pitcher. NAT SOUND: Parents and coaches yell.13. Dad yell at catcher from stands. NAT SOUND: "Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!"14. SOUNDBITE: Dan Schimmel, executive director, Buffalo Grove Park District (transcript below)AP Television -- AP CLIENTS ONLYJune 10, 2013Buffalo Grove, Illinois++NOTE SHOTS 16-17 OVERLAID WITH AUDIO++15. Little boys watch T-ball game from behind fence16. Tight shot of little boy watching game17. T-ball batter hits ball. NAT SOUND: Dad/coach shouts: "Go, go, go, go, go, go, go!"18. Mom Jill Kirby stands in dugout. NAT SOUND: Kirby claps19. SOUNDBITE: Jill Kirby, mom (transcript below)20. Allie Kirby and mom Jill Kirby greet catcher in dugout. NAT SOUND: Jill Kirby: "Good job!"21. SOUNDBITE: Allie Kirby, 11-year-old athlete (transcript below)22. Shot of fans in stands from behind23. Jill and Allie Kirby stand and talk. NAT SOUND: Allie Kirby: "Why do you do that?" Mom Jill Kirby: "I don't know, because I want you to kick, so I'm pretending to show you how to kick without yelling at you." They laugh.24. T-ball batter bats. NAT SOUND: Coach: "Go, go!" 25. Parents clap.-----VOICE OVER-SCRIPT:Nat Sound: Parents clap and cheerMOST PARENTS IN THIS CHICAGO SUBURB TRY TO BEHAVE AT THEIR KIDS' GAMES.Nat sound - parentsBUT THERE'S A NEW MESSAGE POSTED AT BALLFIELDS FOR THOSE WHO DON'T.SOUNDBITE: Mike Terson, Buffalo Grove (Ill.) Park District reads sign: "This is a game being played by children. If they win or lose every game of the season, it will not impact what college they attend or their future income potential."Nat Sound from fight archive clip: "Call the cops!"IT'S A REMINDER FOR A GENERATION OF SPORTS FANS TAKING PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT TO THE EXTREME … … INCLUDING THESE PARENTS AT A PEE-WEE FOOTBALL GAME IN TEXAS.SOUNDBITE: Mike Terson, spokesman, Buffalo Grove (Ill.) Park District: "In my opinion, it's just as inappropriate at a professional sporting event. But when you take it into your community, and you behave that way at a youth sporting event, it's so much more inappropriate."Nat Sound: Umpire: "Strike three! Batter's out." Parents groan. Mom Elizabeth Rosin to departing batter: "That's OK. Don't worry."SOUNDBITE: Elizabeth Rosin, mom: "There are definitely some parents who get a little overzealous, and I think it does need to be stated."THE SIGN CAMPAIGN IS PART OF A GROWING NATIONAL TREND, AIMED AT REINING IN PARENTS.Nat sound: Coaches/parents yell at players on the field.SOME LEAGUES ELSEWHERE NOW REQUIRE PARENTS TO SIGN BEHAVIOR PLEDGES. OTHERS HAVE "SILENT" GAMES TO LIMIT INTERFERENCE.Nat sound: Dad yells more from stands: "Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!"SOUNDBITE: Dan Schimmel, executive director, Buffalo Grove Park District: "They're all interesting techniques. I think I just want to get back to what I was brought up with as a child -- and that's, 'Let the kids play.'"Nat sound: Dad/coach at T-ball game gently shouts at younger players from behind the plate: "Go, go, go, go, go, go, go!"BUT WILL IT REALLY WORK?Nat sound: Mom Jill Kirby clapsSOUNDBITE: Jill Kirby, mom: "These signs are a great reminder and a great tool. But the parents who are yelling and doing all the yelling, they don't really think it's them."Nat sound: Jill Kirby to young player: "Good job!" Daughter Allie Kirby stands with her.EITHER WAY, KIDS JUST WANT PARENTS TO SETTLE DOWN.SOUNDBITE: Allie Kirby, 11-year-old athlete: "It's kind of annoying … when you're playing, it's just like -- and it's kind of stupid to just fight about it 'cause it's just a game."ALLIE KIRBY SAYS SHE CATCHES HER MOM PRETENDING TO KICK THE BALL AT HER SOCCER GAMES.Nat sound: Allie Kirby: "Why do you do that?" Mom Jill Kirby: "I don't know, because I want you to kick, so I'm pretending to show you how to kick without yelling at you." They laugh.SOMETIMES, KIDS SAY … CLAPPING … IS ENOUGH.Nat Sound: Coach: "Go, go!" Parents clap.SIGOUT - MARTHA IRVINE, ASSOCIATED PRESS, BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS(****END****)