03-06-2005, 12:55 AM #1Former Member
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Little League mom ordered to watch sportsmanship video, write essay
A Wakefield Little League mother was ordered to watch a sportsmanship video and write an essay about it after she was found guilty yesterday of assaulting an 11-year-old boy who was cheering the opposing team at her son's game nearly two years ago, according to the Middlesex district attorney's office.
Valerie Yianacopolus, 41, was sentenced to one year of probation, including 50 hours of community service, an anger management program, the video assignment, and an order to stay away from the victim, according to Emily LaGrassa, spokeswoman for the district attorney's office. The case stems from a May 2003 game at which Yianacopolus, a mother of two who had served as the secretary and as a coach in the league, jumped into a fight between her son and another boy.
''I think it sends a message that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated and that parents are expected to be role models in sports, not to set poor examples," LaGrassa said of the sentence.
The assault became a symbol of what many see as an overly intense youth sports culture driven by out-of-control parents. Reports of the encounter made headlines as far away as California.
Yianacopolus was originally charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, her shod foot. But Judge Jonathan Brant found her guilty only of assault and battery, ruling that her sandal was not a dangerous weapon.
Brant found Yianacopolus not guilty on a second assault-and-battery charge, that she had also shoved the victim.
Shortly afterwards, the league's board of directors voted unanimously to ban Yianacopolus from games and all other Little League activity. It also removed her as secretary of the board and stripped her of her job as rookie league coach.
Yianacopolus's lawyer, Thomas V. Orlandi, could not be reached for comment last night, but he and Yianacopolus had maintained her innocence in previous interviews.
03-07-2005, 08:53 PM #2Former Member
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I've seen my share of out-of-control parents at sporting events. Most of the time, the kids just die of shame when they see their parents acting out.
Assaulting a child ... WOW ...