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Holyoke city councilor calls for more 'sportsmanship' signs

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HOLYOKE, MA (WSHM) -

Holyoke City Councilor James Leahy is calling on his fellow councilors to renew an initiative for special signs to be placed on city ball fields.

The signs are calling on anyone who attends little league games to have good sportsmanship.

They read, "Please remember these are just kids, this is a game, coaches are volunteers, umpires are human, you do not play for the Red Sox."

"I've been going to youth athletics for many years. My kids are that age now and I've been seeing parents and supporters are sometimes getting unruly," Leahy said.  

And that's why he wants more of the signs to be posted at all city baseball fields.

Currently, one sits at Crosier Field on Northampton Street.

The same spot where Leahy said his son was hackled too harshly by a parent during a game, sparking the initiative for the signs.

"I decided to do something about it. The sign might not be a huge thing, but maybe if a person comes here and sees the sign they'll think differently," Leahy said.

He said it was an incident that occurred Monday night that has forced him to push for more of the reminders to be posted.

Holyoke police said during a youth baseball game at Kennedy Field, a 22-year-old woman allegedly punched a 14-year-old girl in the face.

Holyoke resident Vivian Lagoy's 9-year-old grandson was playing at that game.

She said if the signs will stop the rowdiness, she wants to see more put up.

"I don't think it was right. It's only kids playing. I don't think it's fair. Parents should be relaxing and watching their kids play the game not get rowdy like that," Lagoy said.  

Leahy he said he hopes to expand the presence of the signs even beyond the ball field.

"What I'm asking for now to be put in every ballpark, tennis court and maybe every gymnasium in the city," said Leahy.

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