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Youth sports program suspended after slapping incident

October 18, 2012
By Solomon Alexander of Sportsmanship

Referee Andrew Keigans threw a flag for unsportmanslike conduct against the West Park (Fla.) Saints during a youth football game last weekend. Saints assistant coach Dion Robinson then rushed onto the field and forcefully slapped the referee, knocking him to the ground. 

Robinson was arrested Monday on assault charges, but the story doesn't end there. City leaders are calling into question how Robinson was allowed to coach a youth football team to begin with. West Park mayor Eric Jones, Jr. has temporarily suspended all youth sports programs in the city until a full investigation has been completed. According to the West Park Sherriff's Department, Robinson has previous convictions of assault with a firearm, aggravated assault and cocaine distribution.

One of the biggest problems in youth sports is that we allow almost anyone to coach our kids. Everyone else who works with young people has to have specialzed training - from teachers to pediatricians. Youth coaches do not. We are so careful in every other aspect of a child's life, yet so utterly careless when we drop them off at practice. The St. Louis Sports Commission's Sportsmanship Initiative is committed to training coaches and helping to provide the best sports experience possible for kids. Look through our programs in the left sidebar of this page and choose what will work best for you. Our kids deserve the best of everything. That includes coaches. Until next tme...

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