Kids and sports: How protective should parents be?

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- In Wednesday's Coach's Clipboard segment, Gina Maravilla asked the question: How protective should parents be when it comes to sports?

Retired MLB catcher Chad Moeller says there are always going to be situations where we do need to step in as parents. "From my standpoint as a coach, you should step in when your child is being verbally abused on the field," he says. "You should step in if you feel the coach is being too profane. You should step in if you don't feel it's safe for them on the field."

He also advises not stepping in for times when a child doesn't like his or her team, or are not getting the recognition desired. "There comes a time for these boys and girls when they actually need to do some of these things on their own," he says.

Age is also a consideration. "When they get to 12, 13, 14, high school, the parents should really have stepped back at that point," Moeller says. "It's really the child's game at that point. It shouldn't be your job as a parent to step in every time. It's not going to necessarily going to help them. It's actually going to make the coach more frustrated in most situations."