ROME, NY — The remainder of the season has been canceled for the children of the Rome Youth Basketball League after some unruly behavior in recent games.
Rome’s assistant director for parks and recreation Ryan Hickey said the league has been dealing with bad behavior since the start of the season and that 95 per cent of the problems have come from disruptive parents.
The league banned some parents from attending and even paid a police officer to come to a recent game.
“I think two coaches quit under pressure from parents, we did police reports, we had a bit of property destruction, it’s just kind of behavior issue after behavior issue this year” , did he declare. noted.
The kids had two weeks, or 20 games, left in the season when it was called off.
Children in grades three through six participate in the league.
Last fall, a similar situation occurred with the Tri-Valley Pop Warner team from Rome. Following a violent fight between spectators during one of the games in September, the rest of the season ended abruptly for the children.
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In both situations, parents expressed concern about the decision to punish children for adult behavior.
Hickey says the league is discussing whether to allow parent spectators to move forward.