Baseball parks declared 'No Swear Zones'

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Little League officials in New Jersey want people to know: while foul balls are part of the game, foul language is not. The organization has posted signs reading "No Swear Zone" on the perimeter fences of the park, and parents and other spectators who violate the rule may lose their seats in the stands.

The league has also partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance, a Stanford University-based nonprofit organization. At least one parent of all children registered in the program must attend a mandatory workshop offered by the organization that teaches adults how to effectively work with young athletes while instilling the values of teamwork, discipline, respect and goal-setting. One mother who attended the workshop last year gave it a positive review. ""The program reinforced the way we already feel about baseball, that it should be fun and a learning experience," she said. "It's sort of the way my husband and I approach coaching to begin with."

I appreciate that the league is trying to be proactive, but a workshop for all parents, most of whom -- like the woman quoted above -- are supportive and encouraging to players, seems like a huge investment of time and resources. While there have been increased reports of parents being verbally and sometimes physically abusive to both players and staff, even the Little League spokesperson admitted, "The few bad apples out there always get the press."

Why not just toss out the bad apples with a nice, umpire-style "YOU'RE OUTTA HERE!"?

What do you think about this approach: necessary or overkill?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.