Forum: Flagrant Foul: The Growing Problem of Incivility in Youth Sports
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 11:45 am-1:15pm
The Grove Hotel, Ballroom 2nd floor


We have seen the headlines:

“Parents brawl over a 13-year old umpire’s call at youth baseball game”

“Incivility in stands is taking toll on youth athletics”

“Incivility is driving high school coaches from the profession”

“Dealing with unruly fans. Its not just a problem anymore, it’s an epidemic”


Certainly, this is not a problem here in Idaho, right? Wrong! In 2018, a basketball parent from a Meridian high school was banned for a year after throwing a coat at a referee during the game. Local officiating associations are struggling to recruit new officials and keep them after the first year. Good coaches are choosing to hang up the whistle rather than deal with irate parents with unrealistic expectations.


Fortunately, Idaho can be an example to the rest of the country. A few years ago, the Idaho Youth Sports Commission was founded to help build a community of coaches, parents and administrators who teach not only the value of winning and losing, but to a greater purpose of fitness, fun, and life lessons. City Club has assembled a great panel to discuss the issues that are being faced by coaches, officials and administrators and what can be done to improve civility.




Tim Brady – Idaho Youth Sports Commission Director

Kim Brydges – Boise High School Girls Basketball Coach

John Ruzicka – Boise School District Athletic Director

Sean Weatherson – 3rd District Officials Association Basketball Director


When: Wednesday, February 12th 11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Where: The Grove Hotel, 245 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 83702

Ballroom 2nd floor



$24 City Club Member price

$34 Non-member price

$5 Pre-registration Listen Only price

$10 Day-of Listen Only price

$350 per Table of ten ppl


Registration link



City Club thanks our Premier Sponsor, Northwest Nazarene University and the NNU School of Business and our Annual sponsor, St. Luke's Treasure Valley Health Systems. The 2020 Forum Series is sponsored by the contributions made by AARP of Idaho, Bank of Idaho, Concordia University School of Law, Echelon Group, and Micron. We are pleased to welcome university students to attend our events thanks to our University partners, Boise State University, Northwest Nazarene University, and University of Idaho. Our media partners include Boise State Public Radio, 670 KBOI, and Idaho Public Television, and Idaho Statesman.



If you would like to be considered for sponsorship of this event, please contact Morgan Keating at or by calling our office at 208-364-4614.


Chair: Jeremy Parkinson