N. Idaho football league cancels games due to parent behavior

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COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- Coeur d’Alene Junior Tackle Football leaders said Friday they have canceled all remaining games with Post Falls this season due to bad behavior from parents.

The president of the league said there have not been any really bad instances yet, but there have been inappropriate comments from coaches and parents.

"Parents arguing with the refs themselves. Coaches arguing with the refs. Out of line behavior up and down the sidelines. That can't be tolerated at youth sports," said Coeur d'Alene Junior Tackle Football President Bob Fitzgerald.

He said it has also been hard to find referees for the games. For that reason, he decided to cancel about a dozen remaining games this season between CDA and Post Falls junior tackle teams.

The president of the Post Falls league Spencer Sessions said he does not agree with Coeur d’Alene’s decision to cancel the games because too many kids are affected. He said trouble parents and coaches should have been dealt with individually.

"I understand that there may be some adult behavior that potentially took place. At the same time, there's adult behavior that CDA has as well," said Sessions.

He also disputed the claim that it is hard to find referees for games. He said Post Falls never has a hard time finding them. He said he wants to move past this and look forward to playing Post Falls again next fall.

KREM


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