Little League rule #1: Never touch anyone else's kid!
I don't know the two 6-year-olds who got into a scuffle at soccer practice last week. I do know that one has withdrawn from the program. Let's just say his mother was trying to defend him. She apparently went too far and things got ugly.
You've probably been there. Somebody trips your kid, throws an elbow. Or, while the coach is working with one group of children, the others start wrestling on the ground. Supervision is hard, especially when the players are very young.
If discipline is lacking in your child's program, I strongly suggest that you talk to the coach. He or she might get defensive, but say something before somebody gets hurt. Your coach might appreciate a volunteer to help out with the drills and basically be a second set of eyes. The team mom, or team manager, can assist in that role as well.
Speak up, also, if your child is being bullied or ridiculed. A good coach teaches sportsmanship and sees to it that everyone on the team feels safe and respected.
Above all: Do not touch a child other than your own. Take a deep breath and talk it through, but do not open yourself up to an accusation later on.
-- Marlene Sokol, Times coach