Angrier players and parents lead to less refs under more pressure, which in turn increases ejections.
Youth sports referees in Arizona are ejecting more coaches and players from games, and it could have an impact across the nation. Parents, coaches, and players have all taken note of the fact that, while the players haven’t gotten more visibly aggressive, refs are starting to eject people for provocations that would have gone unnoticed just a few years ago.
According to report from AZ Central, there was an increase in ejections across all youth sports in this school year: from 618 last year to 815 so far this year. That number doesn’t include any parent or coach ejections, which also seem to be on the rise and are considered one of the main reasons for referees’ shorter fuses. “I witnessed refs being much less tolerant of players on the field,” said Elliott Belden, an Arizona soccer coach. “I had my captain and leading scorer tossed out…
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