In the crazy world of kids’ sports there are bound to be many interesting personalities. Some of these personalities are great and some of them can make their kids cringe with embarrassment. Don’t get caught being one of these Dads.
#1 Yelling Dad
We’ve all heard this one loud and clear. He’s yelling at his son or daughter and making the kid constantly nervous. Sometimes he yells in your ear and makes you nervous, too. And it makes the moms want to go and hug the kid. This guy expects perfection and thinks he’s going to get it by calling out what his kid should do on every play. He might even be yelling stuff out at the other kids, the coach, and the umpire. I’m thinking he has a sore throat after every game. Usually quite cringe worthy and I call him “Mr. Loud.”
#2 Coddling Dad
This dad will tell you that his kid’s arm hurts or he’s injured after every game, if the kid doesn’t do well. He’s always in the dugout asking the kid if he needs water and catering to his every need. He’s calling out from the stands, “That’s okay, you’re doing great.” That’s nice, but the kid’s not doing great and he or she knows it. Don’t get me wrong, I love a dad that is nice and loving toward his kids, but during the game, the kid needs to be respected by his teammates and coach.
#3 Sarcastic Berating Dad
Kids just love sarcasm when they’re struggling, don’t they? They love it when their dad says, “Oh, great job”, when they make a mistake, or “What are you DOING?”, or “Are you KIDDING ME?”. Don’t be this dad. Not that your sarcasm isn’t totally awesome.
#4 Never There Dad
You barely know this dad because he’s rarely at the games and even if he’s there, he’s on his phone or not really paying attention. This guy must be a very important international diplomat or in the CIA or something.
#5 Complains About Other Kids Dad
One of the biggest faux pas in kids’ sports is to talk negatively about another person’s kid. There’s a dad who does this and I don’t want to sit near him. He should just keep quiet and be happy that his kid is so perfect.
#6 Delusional Dad
You know. the guy around your community who tells everyone at the games, “My son is the number two player in the country.” And then in your head you ask, “What country?” But seriously, I sometimes hear a guy talking about how his kid plays up two divisions because he needs the competition, or that he’s being looked at by UCLA. We’ll believe it when we see it…no bragging necessary.
#7 “Who’s That Guy?” Dad
You know that dad who is at the games, but you’re not sure whose dad he is and he never talks to anyone? The one who sits out in the outfield and you’re not even sure if he IS one of the dads? We just wonder why he’s so anti-social…we’re nice people. I’m pretty sure he’s The Unibomber.
#8 Networking Dad
Networking dad probably signed his kid up so he could get the mailing list from the team mom. Business always comes up in a conversation with him. He’s probably a real estate agent or sells insurance, and he constantly fills your spam folder.
#9 Cassanova Dad
This Don Juan is always hitting on the single moms and by single moms, I mean any woman who’s at least 15 feet from her husband. He just loves to flirt and thinks he’s super hot and all the chicks dig him.
#10 Know-It-All Dad
Reliable experts are hard to find, but apparently we have one with the dad who knows everything about the sport. He sits in the bleachers and critiques each pitch, swing, umpire call, coaching decision, and rule. He’s a walking encyclopedia, but sometimes he’s wrong. He means well but after a while, we just tune him out because nobody likes a know it all.
If you have more Dad types, I’d love to hear them. Please leave them in the comments below. 🙂