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Senate Bill Would Crackdown On Unruly Youth League Coaches

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Unsportsmanlike conduct by coaches could be a season ender for them.

On Tuesday the Senate's Community Affairs Committee approved a bill which calls for youth athletic coaches who get thrown out of a game be banned for the remainder of the season.

It would apply to leagues with children 12 years of age or under.

Democratic Sen. Jeremy Ring said his bill was inspired in part by behavior he's seen on the opposite side of the field while coaching his daughter's softball team. He said many parents are aware of the problem of angry coaches who get overly competitive at youth games.

He said that youth coaches also serve as teachers, and schools wouldn't allow similar behavior in classrooms.

Coaches would be allowed to return the following season if league officials find them qualified.

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