Is it a crime to get combative at a child’s sporting event?

On Behalf of | Sep 30, 2019 | Firm News

Sporting events in New Jersey can get a little wild at times. This is especially true about children’s sporting events. Parents get overly excited or upset, and before you know it, a punch has been throw. Fights can break out so easily when people get too heated over an event. This leads to issues for everyone involved, including the kids. It is not fair for a parent to ruin a game because they cannot keep their temper in check. According to WHYY, lawmakers agree and have made fighting at a child’s sporting event a crime.

Physical altercations of any kind are no longer tolerated at sporting events for children. If you become too upset, it is best to walk away or remove yourself from the situation than to get physical because you could face a criminal charge, large fines and time in jail.

It is common for parents to get upset with calls officials make, but it should never resort to violence. This is not good behavior to exhibit in front of children, which is what led to this law. There were enough incidents that lawmakers saw a need to help parents control their behavior with the threat of a criminal charge.

Children’s sporting events are supposed to be a good time for the kids and spectators. Sports are a great way for kids to learn many useful life skills. However, when a parent turns an event into a brawl, it can ruin the experience for everyone. This information is for education and is not legal advice.