Youth Soccer Club Is Calling Out Parents' Unsportsmanlike Conduct With Awesome Sign (PHOTO)

Youth soccer sign sends strong message to parentsThe time has come for parents to get a penalty flag thrown their way for unsportsmanlike conduct. Certain types of behavior just aren't cool, especially on the sidelines of a sporting event for kids. Grand Junction Fire FC is a youth soccer club that created a sportsmanship sign as a reminder to parents, and it deserves a gold medal.


The soccer club in Grand Junction, Colorado, grew tired of adults' forgetting they were at a children's event, and simply wanted to remind them to set the proper example. While there can be fun and games when it comes to competition, one thing that's not on the roster is nastiness and inappropriate behavior.

Since the signs have been posted, staff from Grand Junction Fire FC told ABC 7News they've seen a more positive outcome that hopefully makes being a spectator all the more enjoyable. Their sign has also been shared across the United States, and even different countries -- which is a pretty awesome victory.

Our sign has gone viral on Facebook. We have heard from directors in NY, WI, AZ, VA, and even other countries like Argentina. Great job creating these signs Larry Johnson and Tom Halberg.

Posted by Grand Junction Fire FC on Thursday, October 8, 2015

I think this is a wonderful reminder that will make parents on opposing teams (then again, sometimes your greatest foe can come from your own camp) root for their children, without wanting to rip each other's heads off in the parking lot.

Competition can be a good thing, so long as you keep it in perspective. Shouting at the television as your favorite team plays, and a few na-na, na-na, boo, boos from time to time, are OK. However, what's not good is making someone's child -- or even your own -- feel like a loser at life because he or she isn't performing a certain way.

It doesn't matter if you're talking about sports, or your career: In life, you'll win some, and you'll lose some, but ultimately, it's about how you play the game.

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This is one of the reasons why I shied away from competitive sports when I was little. Seeing as my uncle played professional football for a period of time, and the Dallas Cowboys tried to get my pops (he still has the letter, though basketball was his game), I didn't want to deal with any unnecessary pressure. God bless my dad for "pushing me to excellence," as he says, but I'm sure I saved him some questionable encounters by not playing a sport growing up.

I love sports and can only hope I chillax when my sons grow up -- should they decide to play. Granted, I was a shouting loudmouth on the sidelines of my husband's rugby games, but for my kids, I'll root appropriately.

Bravo for this sign. The college scholarships bit is hilarious.



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