Pearland Little League warns parents about misconduct

PEARLAND, TX (KTRK) -- Pearland Little League's Board of Directors is reminding their parents to behave when rooting on their teams.

Monday afternoon, the League posted this on their Facebook Page:

    PLL Community,
    Over this past week, we had several incidents involving completely unacceptable conduct by parents and coaches. The Board is issuing suspensions, but that's not the point -- silly, immature, and inappropriate conduct by adults watching kids play baseball must stop.
    Please remember three things:
    This is NOT professional baseball.
    Your KIDS are playing baseball for FUN.

    Act like mature adults and support the kids.
    The Directors on Duty are volunteers for the kids, not babysitters for adults. If you truly can't control your conduct, then don't come to the games.
    Pearland Little League

At the ballfields Tuesday night, parents were well aware.

"I think it's just a gentle reminder to all parents to behave themselves. I think those instances are few and far between," said Lori Montgomery.

Montgomery's son has been playing since he was 4. He's now 12.

Sportsmanship is a tenet of the league. A sign outside the fields reads conduct otherwise is prohibited. Eyewitness News has learned one parent was asked to leave recently.

Unacceptable behavior baffles Hayden Curry.

"At the end of the game no matter who wins or loses, you go out and shake their hands and say good game," Curry said.

Board President Rodney Black issued this statement:

    "Pearland Little League prides itself in being an organization that promotes the values of citizenship, respect, discipline, teamwork and physical wellness for all children who play in the league. We accomplish this through the hard work and dedication of our many volunteers who spend a lot of their free time working with our young boys and girls throughout the year.

    However, occasionally a situation may arise that goes against the very foundation of the league. In these cases we have mechanisms in place to address these issues whether it be the use of disciplinary action or other remedies. In a league the size of Pearland Little League it is not unusual to have an occasional situation arise that may require someone to be disciplined or asked to leave the park.

    We strive to be fair, courteous and professional in every situation. This is the way we maintain a fun and safe environment for all without compromising the competitive spirit of organized baseball.

    We will always remain committed to enriching the lives of our youth and fostering a love of the game."
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