Should Kids Be Sent Off The Field For Swearing?

Junior rugby league clubs are proposing to send kids off the field for swearing during a game. It comes just weeks after Broncos star Reece Walsh was suspended for a foul-mouthed spray towards a referee. What are your thoughts LiveTribers? Should kids be sent off the field for swearing?

Posted by on 31 Aug 2023

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    Minh-Hai Henry

    yes 100%

    Posted by Minh-Hai Henry on 09 Sep 2023

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    mact ifs or buts is to teach tolerance and give and take whatever age?!!

    Posted by mact on 04 Sep 2023

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    Yes definitely. Kids should learn to respect each other from the start.

    Posted by Maryam on 03 Sep 2023

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    Yes, I think they should be sent off the field for swearing because it is lack of respect. They probably learn the swearing from home, but they have to learn somewhere that it is not acceptable in a lot of cases.

    Posted by Lee1 on 03 Sep 2023

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    yes, kids should not be allowed to swear. They get away with too much

    Posted by Beryl on 03 Sep 2023

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    Agree, I think they should.

    Posted by Zi on 03 Sep 2023

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    Deftinately ,I wish we could be as strict with adults .It’s disgusting how much swearing is used everywhere

    Posted by Patricia on 03 Sep 2023

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    A caution is advised at first and if they keep doing it keep them off the field for the rest of the game. Some youth like to test the limits .

    Posted by MS on 03 Sep 2023

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    Yes definitely. The other kids should not have to endure it. It's a personality flaw and should be considered bad behaviour. It's bad enough being and adult and having to listen to others swear in public

    Posted by Angieilyxxx on 03 Sep 2023

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    Tara Rata

    Definitely. Bad behaviour should be punished not ignored or encouraged

    Posted by Tara Rata on 03 Sep 2023

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    Absolutely, the older professionals are not allowed to speak to the umpires in this matter or they will be sent off so a child should follow suit

    Posted by Sonia on 03 Sep 2023

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    Yes. There should be consequences. Swearing is ill mannered, offensive, rude and a bad influence on other young players.

    Posted by C on 03 Sep 2023

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    Always be respectful to everybody. Abusive words should not be tolerated in sports.

    Posted by Jeimo on 03 Sep 2023

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    Yes. The same rule for everyone. Start as you mean to continue.

    Posted by Spiderwoman on 03 Sep 2023

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    Yes they should be as they should set a good example for people.

    Posted by Diana on 03 Sep 2023

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    No reason for anyone to swear. It just shows a distinct lack of vocabulary to me

    Posted by Frank on 03 Sep 2023

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    Yes. it is never a reason to swear under any circumstances.

    Posted by Paul on 03 Sep 2023

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    HB Girl

    Yes if its directed at another person

    Posted by HB Girl on 03 Sep 2023

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    Absolutely, kids should not swear fullstop!!!

    Posted by Kittykato on 03 Sep 2023

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    Yes, it is a public space and can make the wrong impression on others

    Posted by Miro on 03 Sep 2023

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    Depends on wether they are injured or not and who the are saying the profanities too.The children are just repeating what they have heard so we can't go to hard on them quite often it is not their fault. I would be more inclined to tell the parents not to swear in front of their children. Monkey sees Monkey does and monkey repeats what monkey has heard.

    Posted by possum71 on 03 Sep 2023

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    Oops I meant they and I do reread my responses but that got away from me.Oh well you get the general gist.

    Posted by possum71 on 03 Sep 2023

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    Swearing is fine by me. I feel so much better if I swear when stressed or frustrated. It seems to release the tension and help me to relax. Anyway it’s just words. If people want to take offence, that’s their choice.

    Posted by SagoLeo on 03 Sep 2023

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    Absolutely! It starts off small and before you know it, kids are swearing everywhere; I remember a time when no one could swear on the radio, not it's a common thing.

    Posted by Joshy79 on 03 Sep 2023

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    I believe you will also need to bench the parents in some cases, if the kids are following their behaviour.

    Posted by mevanwy on 03 Sep 2023

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    Yes, and discussion about managing behaviour as well.

    Posted by Janice on 03 Sep 2023

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    Absolutely - it will teach them to control themselves which is so important later in life.

    Posted by Jibberman on 03 Sep 2023

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    Yes, swearing should definitely be a big no no in junior sport to try and encourage good behaviour for players in the future. There is nothing worse then going to a junior game and hearing swearing on the field.

    Posted by Karen on 03 Sep 2023

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    Definitely should it’s a disgusting habit and is used far to much

    Posted by Dippy on 03 Sep 2023

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    To be honest I witness more bad behaviour and poor sportsmanship from adults who are supposed to be parenting and setting the example for their kids. It’s not the kids fault as they learn from the example and environment they are exposed too. But sure, they need consequences too, but a lot of adults need to grow up too

    Posted by tutti_cutie on 03 Sep 2023

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    Children mainly follow their parent's examples when young, sending off the offender followed by banning their parents. Maybe then their parents will set a better example for their children.

    Posted by ere on 02 Sep 2023

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    I agree. It is offensive hearing youngsters swearing . It spoils the game. Send them off and maybe they might get the message.

    Posted by Susan on 01 Sep 2023

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    I reckon it is a great proposal. It will teach kids what real sports should be like, and they will lay off the bad habit.

    Posted by Jay on 01 Sep 2023

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    I think it's a great idea and not just for rugby and juniors. All sports and all ages!

    Posted by sandra on 01 Sep 2023

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    Yes, I have seen it work well in junior soccer matches.

    Posted by puntingdaz on 01 Sep 2023

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    I went out to a kids park and the swearing was horific, ther is no need for it and we won't be going to that park again

    Posted by Tractor on 01 Sep 2023

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    Proposing? Don't they already? They're kids!!

    Posted by Rossrooster on 01 Sep 2023

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    absolutely they should be sent off. not only is it rude it is wrong for children to be swearing period

    Posted by fairymiss on 01 Sep 2023

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    Yes. Kids need to learn that there's no need to swear, and that it's not tolerated. Also, they get into the habit of not swearing so they can continue to play the game, which is a good habit to get into.

    Posted by Sunflower2 on 01 Sep 2023

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    No when we were kids and played football everyone swore when they got frustrated, it's just a normal reaction

    Posted by dave on 01 Sep 2023

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    yes. swearing is never okay no matter who you are where you are.

    Posted by Megan on 01 Sep 2023

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    Seems a bit too harsh. Perhaps a warning could be issued first.

    Posted by Ana on 01 Sep 2023

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    No, that's just youthful energy.

    Posted by David on 01 Sep 2023

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    No one doing the right thing should need to put up with abuse so why would you let kids get away with bad behaviour

    Posted by Kaede on 01 Sep 2023

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    Hmm, well rules are rules. Personally, I feel that the kids foul mouths come from what their parents do and say, and swearing is part of the norm these days, or is it just the Ozzie way ?

    Posted by Gandalf1 on 01 Sep 2023

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    Yes, i think it will help set an environment of respect for other players and officials.

    Posted by DevChap on 01 Sep 2023

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    Yes. It is appalling behaviour to swear at the ref or other players or anyone. These days it is like they have lost the ability to speak without using these foul words over and over in a simple sentence. Respect has to be taught and if they swear off they go for the rest of the game. If it continues then they don't play at all.

    Posted by coaster on 01 Sep 2023

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    Yes, they should. Team sports should be all about having a go, mixing with other people, and having fun

    Posted by Christine on 01 Sep 2023

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    Yes, kids should be sent off the field for swearing to teach them a lesson for a bad behavior.

    Posted by Vie88 on 01 Sep 2023

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    Tara Rata

    Absolutely. Rules should be followed and consequences for bad behaviour

    Posted by Tara Rata on 01 Sep 2023

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    Yes as it teaches bad behaviour to the other children on the field

    Posted by Jigsaw on 01 Sep 2023

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    On what. What could possible justify swearing at refs or other players? Bad behaviour must be pulled up and the consequences felt

    Posted by coaster on 01 Sep 2023

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    Part of being good at sport itself is being able to show discipline. It is an invaluable tool in life. Kids should not be swearing on the field and 10 mins in the sin bin is appropriate for the first offence. I don't want to watch a footy game with a bunch of kids all yelling expletives. Discipline has to be maintained as it is a vital part of team sports.

    Posted by MIMS on 01 Sep 2023

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    I think they should. It will help to build the discipline and be respectful to others.

    Posted by topa on 01 Sep 2023

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    It depends on the situation. VAR may be helpful to make a determination.

    Posted by bmlglp on 01 Sep 2023

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    Look in the heat of the moment we can all get emotional, kids and adults so i understand the swearing. I think that you have to respect everyone on the field and actions have consequences so 10 minutes in the sin bin could change their behaviour or at least teach them a valuable lesson of appropriate behaviour.

    Posted by spykid on 01 Sep 2023

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    There is a lack of discipline generally nowadays so I'm in favour of the discipline being applied on the field

    Posted by Norman on 01 Sep 2023

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    Yes, it will set a good example now. Even professional leagues can do it with adults, so kids shouldn't be any different.

    Posted by TonyLT on 01 Sep 2023

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    To me, part of being good at sport and part of sport itself is being able to show discipline. It is an invaluable tool in life. Kids should not be swearing on the field and 10 mins in the sin bin is appropriate for the first offence. I for one don't wish to watch a footy game with a bunch of kids all yelling expletives. Discipline has to be maintained as it is a vital part of team sports.

    Posted by jeeves01 on 01 Sep 2023

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    All players, whether professional adults or children at local club games should show respect to the referee and other players. Using inappropriate language is disrespectful, and should be penalised. If children see/hear players that they look up to behaving this way, it condones it and they will adopt these behaviours. Respect needs to be modelled from the top level of the game.

    Posted by mountainmaid on 01 Sep 2023

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    ace bowler

    Definite sin bin for swearing on the field. Kids need to learn how to respect the referee, fellow players and themselves.

    Posted by ace bowler on 01 Sep 2023

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    Yes. There should be respect for other players and referees and nobody should be swearing at anyone (and this includes the parents and spectators).

    Posted by merryl on 01 Sep 2023

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    wrestling collector

    Not sure on this one,I don't like swearing,however when I get upset even at 65 years old I have been known to let fly with one or two expletives.Maybe 10 mins in the sin bin first & if it continues to happen then sent off with a suspension maybe fairer.

    Posted by wrestling collector on 01 Sep 2023

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    Yes they need to know this behaviour is wrong!

    Posted by sulter on 01 Sep 2023

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    If it works, yes. It might be just a symptomatic treatment but it has to start somewhere.

    Posted by Chin on 01 Sep 2023

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    I think it's a great idea, introduce kids to discipline and good behaviour from an early age so they adopt strong character behaviours outside the home as well

    Posted by Tedskeeeeez on 01 Sep 2023

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    Not only, off the streets too... Especially girls !

    Posted by Guntis on 01 Sep 2023

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