May 30, 2012 in Uncategorized
A while ago on Sport24 Bloues wrote post about School Rugby and the disgust he had at how some of the parents behaved next to the field.
A week or so later we read and we saw a coach in Gauteng behaving very badly towards a Match Official.
This made me think: What is happening at school level and how did rugby develop since I last played the game?
I rewind 24 Years ago when I played my first rugby game for Hoerskool Louw Wepener, a little town 3km away from the Lesotho Border and one of the coldest places in the Oranje Vrystaat. I remember not having any water early mornings because the pipes were frozen.
So, as a U/9 player, full 15 Players I might add, none of this mini rugby till you get to U/11 type crap and playing the whole field and not just halve, I remember that we had the task of playing the first game of the day at 08h00.
Frost was as thick as a blanket. We were called the ”pienk voete”. I could never understand why we had to play first without boots and the 1st Team, with their boots get to play at 12h30. Bloody unfair!!!
Anyway, back to the topic. Parents never behaved like hooligans (come on man, we aren’t Poms) and neither did coaches try to intimidate ref. Mostly because the Refs were teachers I suspect.
Why are we seeing this sort of behaviour then 24 years later? Was I lucky to grow up in a time when sport wasn’t as competitive or was it just because we lived in the Vrystaat? Should the term ”being laid back” be associated with Vrystaters instead of Cape Townians? Or was this sort of behaviour evident in big cities even back then?
The word Professionalism is the word that changed it all. All of a sudden players are being bought, even at school level because the money is good.
Parents and players are getting violent because the Ref made a bad call against him and that might ruin his chances of being spotted by a bigger better school or province and the possibility of a big pay check.
Would I behave the same way as these parents one day when my son plays rugby? I hope not.
Cheers vir Eers