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Page 2B SPORTS Hays Free Press July 17, 2013 + Anger Issues: Local referees give their opinions Continued from pg. 1B Why so much anger in sports? Why do some people take it so seriously? Kenneth Williams, Buda city manager, may have an answer. As a basketball official for more than 20 years, he has ex- perience in leagues from youth to college levels. He currently officiates high school basketball games with the Austin Chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO). Williams believes anger is- sues stem from parents living vicariously through their chil- dren. "People invest a lot of time and money in their kids; they want to see a return on that investment," Williams said. "Officials are the ones that sometimes stand in their way, so some parents take it out on them." Recent technological ad- vances have heightened the problem. "[The anger issue] probably has been exacerbated lately as there has been more media to capture it," Williams said. "Ref- erees were attacked in the past, but no one knew about it. Today, someone with a cell phone can capture those moments." While anger in sports is ris- ing, Williams believes coaches can be a calming factor. "I think kids follow the exam- ple of their coach. If they have a good coach, they will not have problems," Williams said. Williams said he thinks a"pri- ma donna" attitiude, generally from watching superstars on television, is rising. Other factors; such as the age and experience of officials, can lead to an increase in aggres- siveness. Ethan Moore, a 2008 Lehman High graduate and former base- ball player, has been umping games since age 15. Moore, now 23, took his love of officiating to the high school ranks, umpiring with the West Texas Chapter of TASO. Moore received sound advice from seasoned umpires when he started in the high school ranks. "Many of the veteran umpires I work with routinely told me, 'fans will try to pick on you, they will try to break you because yon are new,'" Moore said. "They tell A referee deals with unruly players in a Hays vs. Georgetown soccer game this the call, but the referee held his ground, pulling a yellow card on the player. PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON spring. Rebel players protested me to stand my ground, or else However, disciplining and How can parents, coaches players, fans and coaches will controlling such situations is a and players mitigate such prob- walk all over [new umpires]." gray area for officials,lems? Still, experience, or perceived "Everything is based on judg- Both Moore and Williams of- experience, nfles, ment. It depends on the how feted several solutions. Recently, Moore umpired in mad a player, coach or fan is, "It is about respect. If every- a tournament in Crane, Texas, and what they are saying," he one respected officials and the with an inexperienced crew- said. "We as umpires do have jobtheydo, officials will give the member. Because the other refo the authority to eject players, same respect back," Williams eree was older, Moore believes coaches and sometimes, fans if said. "]Referees] have a diffi- fans perceived the other man necessary. We also have the au- cult job. You can say what you had more experience, thority to go to a coach or player want to, but it is about mutual "The older umpire I worked and tell them to calm down. Ev- respect. If there were more mu- with made a few tough calls ery situation is handled based tual respect in sports, we would during the tournament," Moore on what was said. You don't not have as many of these is- said. "However, until he made want to toss a kid for a minor sues." those calls, fans were not as will- infraction." Moore believes coaches and ing to go after him. They went Moore said parents are the parents need to quell the bur- after me, because of my youth." biggest issue in youth leagues, geoning cases of anger in sports. Moore has also witnessedWhile umpiring with the "We hold coaches respon- more attitude issues, particu- North Hays Optimist (NHO) sible for their players, and in larly in high school players, youth baseball league, Moore little league, their fans. A good %nger issues have gottenheard of parents getting physi- coach will give the right atten- worse overall," Moore said. "It cal - even throwing a punch at tion and prevent such problems is because ]older] players think an umpire, from happening," he said. "For they nm the game. They think Moore has never been at-parents, let the coaches discuss they knowbaseball." tacked, but has been on the the calls, especially in younger And, Moore says, school size receiving end of bad parent be- leagues. Let the coaches do matters, as smaller schools are havior, what they do. Parents of older wont to let bad behavior go, as "During a 10-year-old Mus- players need to just be fans of opposed to larger schools, tang ]League] Tournament, I the game; be loud and raucous, Moore thinks a high value noticed a team had added a but respectful." on sports leads to anger issues, player midway through the He believes parents must ad- especially in baseball, where a tournament; something which dress anger ffom their own child. perceived big "pay day" is just is against the rules, so I had to 'After a game, parents need to beyond high school level, eject the player," Moore said. be parents and address any bad "From what I've seen, there 'After the game, the dad of the behavior," Moore said. have been more ]baseball] player I ejected went off on me. Mostly, Moore wants fans, scouts in the stands in'recent I had to explain the child did parents and coaches to remem- times," he said. 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"when I saw family, friends, teachers and He then obtained the first two him on the field, I was instantly coaches. Every person in my outs of the seventh. Joseph also taken back to when he was ten life has helped me get here," notched his first Major League years old. It was such an emo- he said. "I cannot thank them strikeout, getting second base- tional moment. It was so much enough. ! am here because of man Jason Kipnis to strike out fun." them." looking. Equally proud of Joseph was On July 14, Joseph went back While Kansas City lost 3-0, former Hays baseball coach to Omaha, where he will con- the game meant much more for Doug Ragsdale. tinue playing in Triple-A after the newly minted bigleaguer. "I am so excited for' that the All-Star break. Joseph's parents, Dennis and young man; I am so fired up for He did not leave The Show Gay Lynn, made the 1,400-mile him," Ragsdale said. without gaining valuable expe- trek from Buda to Progressive The former Rebel coach rience. Field. said Joseph was an effective "I learned how to handle It was an emotional moment left-handed relief pitcher, even situations on the mound bet- when they saw each other be- when Hays played in the 5A ter. I also was told by coaches fore the game. ranks, and players to slow the game "I saw my parents in the"In high school, we worked down," he said. '~11 of the guys stands during batting practice, on his change-up and break- in the bullpen were of great My mom was standing near a ing ball. While at Houston, he help. They helped me adjust to railing; she was crying (tears of developed his slider," Ragsdale pitching to major league bat- joy]," he said. "It was cool they said. "Donnie is a constant ters." got to see me play." competitor and never backs With the weight of his MLB Gay Lynn reminisced of all off. He has a strong work eth- debut off his shoulders, Joseph her son's hard work. ic. There is a saying, 'you reap now sets his sights on playing "Donnie has worked hard what you sow.' Donnie has in the majors once again. to reach this moment; he has sowed well." 'A few of the players told me Beefcake is a two-year-old pit bull/mastiff mix. He loves attention and always wants to cuddle, but not with other dogs. Beefcake is the shelter's Dog of the Week - his adoption fee is only $25 until Sunday! Blanche is 5 years old and is a grey and white manx. She is very shy, but very sweet. She would love to go to a home that is nice and quiet. Her adoption fee is only $25 until Sunday! 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