Having coached junior rugby league for a number of years I have to say that I eventually walked away disgusted at the behaviour of parents, players and coaches during and after the games.
I've seen my 12 and 13 year old players regularly verbally threatened and on one occasion actualy grabbed hold of by the opposing coach for no other reason than he was a big lad.
I've seen a parent head butted by a 14 year old while in the clubhouse after a game, incidentally it was an East Leeds player.
I've witnessed bullying, racial and homophobic abuse by drunken open age players towards kids as young as 11 at a so called festival of rugby league laid on to showcase the game to kids who don't play regularly, worse still when reported the host club did nothing.
IMO Yorkshire Juniors need a complete clean sweep of their committee and a new board elected as those in place are entrenched in their ways, blind or intentionally looking the other way and in some cases downright biased towards their own clubs.
The standard of refereeing leaves a lot to be desired and some performances by officials can be frustrating to the extreme but in many cases they're just young kids gaining experience and there's no future for the game without their like.
- Sam Armstrong likes this