Trib Talk: Sportsmanship and violence in youth sports
Published: May 7, 2013 06:34PM
Updated: October 31, 2013 12:57PM
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Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune A photograph of Ricardo Portillo, a voulnteer soccer referee who died Saturday of injuries he sustained when police say a player punched him in the head during a game. The teen has been charged with homicide by assault in juvenile court, although prosecutors will ask that his case be transferred to adult court.

The death of youth soccer ref Ricardo Portillo is a tragic reminder of how heated competition can spiral out of control.

On Tuesday, The Tribune hosted a live video chat about the atmosphere in today’s youth sports and how referees, coaches, parents and players can keep their cool on the field and on the sidelines. Guests included Salt Lake Tribune columnist Kurt Kragthorpe and Dan Gould of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University.