|Apr 04 2012, 11:22 AM||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Chicago Area
What is the ruling on competitors bringing their kids along with them during tournaments?
Can I stroke the parent for the kids courtesy violations?
As a TD would I be able to ban the kids from tagging along at my tournaments?
I don't think it's fair that they are allowed. Especially if dogs are not allowed.
1) Kids are often not respectful and do not understand etiquette. Constantly stopping play to explain it to them is annoying and unnecessary slow down of play.
2) I can't tell someone else's kid to be quiet without it being a big ordeal. Anyone can tell a dog to shut up without anyone getting upset.
3) Some people do not like kids, and if they are not competing they shouldn't have to be forced to interact with them.
4) Having to be overly PC in your actions and language as not to upset the parent and start more issues. Foul language slips sometimes out of everyone, but when done with a kid around, parents tend to freak out about it. Instead of just a courtesy violation warning, it becomes an ordeal and can start unnecessary group infighting.
5). They lack social skills. When someone is having an off day no reason they should have to deal with someone else's kid asking them whats wrong or other stupid questions.