You know your a Sideline Daddy when….


Sideline Daddy by Warren Stokes

 You abuse the referees: This is one area where Sideline Daddies really act a fool! Regardless of the fact that without them you have no game, Sideline Daddies treat these volunteers like the scum of the earth.

Regardless of the fact that their kids are not pros in the NFL, NHL, NBA, or MLB  parents scream at, cuss out and on occasion threaten to “beat the referee’s ass after the game.”  I feel that this has 3 major impacts on our kids. First it teaches them to make excuses rather than to deal with “the call or no call.”  It shows the youth that they shouldn’t respect authority. The game is ruled by the refs so bottom line they need to be respected.  Finally the refs are human, if you don’t think its easier for them to see more stuff on your players team after you cuss and threaten them then your naive.

At the end of the day a ref has never reversed a call because of the parents complaining so leave them alone. Don’t be a Sideline Daddy!


You know your a Sideline Daddy when…..

Sideline Daddy by Warren Stokes

You talk about the shoulda, woulda, coulda’s about your sports career.  Every practice, game, family team meeting Sideline Daddies make sure that we all know he used to play, but some excuse stopped him from becoming a professional athlete,

You know your a Sideline Daddy when….

Sideline Daddy by Warren Stokes

When your embarrassed by your player performance or the score! Ooh the excuses that come out of Sideline Daddies mouths when their player is not good or struggling at sports. Sideline Daddy shows no shame in talking about “what their player should have done.” Have you ever noticed how fast they get to the car?

Don’t be a Sideline Daddy!


You know your a Sideline Daddy when….

Sideline Daddy by Warren Stokes

Push your kids to hard: The youth may have the goal to make the pros but until they get older let them relax.  Not only does pushing them too hard take the fun out of sports, it can also be dangerous to your player if you don’t know what you’re doing.

The NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB only accept men so your boys have plenty of time to have fun playing sports. Don’t be a Sideline Daddy!

You know your a Sideline Daddy if….

Sideline Daddy 

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Coaching from the sidelines! You brought them in this world, feed them, shelter them, love them and support them financially right!!! It doesn’t matter if you’ve played the game or not its not only your parental duty but also your financial right and duty to coach your kids.


Besides the fact kids forget all the time to hustle, position, how to play d, etc.  Its your roll to remind them.  Weather you played the game or not, a minor pro to the weekend Joe don’t let lack of experience, other parents or the referees stop you from coaching your child.

Don’t be a Sideline Daddy!!!

Are you a Sideline Daddy?

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For all those parents like me amped for the upcoming youth sports seasons I have a reminder! Don’t be a Sideline Daddy!!! You know who I’m talking about!!! The Dad that could have been a pro if it wasn’t for the injury. The father that knows better than the coach. Or Mom who cusses at the referees. You know the that guy that your about to spend the next several Saturday mornings trying to ignore when he says something about your child.

Admittedly I’m that guy! Or a recovering Sideline Daddy that hasn’t been kicked out of a kids game in years! This comic is based upon my experiences as an athlete, coach, spectator/fan, and parent.  To get ready for the upcoming youth football, soccer, cross country, and softball seasons I will be sharing my comic Sideline Daddy the next few weeks to inspire us all to have a better season cheering for our kids. Please share your Sideline daddy stories!

With that said please share your stories of Sideline Daddies in your area! And of-course Don’t Be a Sideline Daddy