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Violence in youth sports needs to stop

Youth sports are intended to provide children with a healthy and violence-free hobby where they can mingle with peers and gain character. Unfortunately, some people are taking youth sports to an entirely new level. A soccer tournament at Disney's Wide World of Sports ended with a teenager in the hospital with a concussion after a riot broke out among players and their parents.

Parents behaving badly at sports events is becoming more popular as the "anything to win" mentality overpowers the fun of the game for many. This is even more common for kids who play in club sports or high level athletics where competition is tough. But many parents are getting increasingly concerned that other parents are setting a bad example for other children and making sports more violent.

"What made this insane was that the parents cleared the bench," Matthew Feinberg, parent of the teenager who was sent to the hospital told the Orlando Sentinel. "The parents on their team helped their children. They even hit some kids on our team."

Parents across the nation should encourage children to play clean and loose with grace to prevent more injuries in sports and promote good sportsmanship.

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