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Most important bill ever bans ejected youth coaches from returning

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South Florida state Sen. Jeremy Ring is fed up with obnoxious coaches. So, he’s doing what any reasonable person in a position of authority would do; he’s using his influence in the Florida Legislature to get overly competitive coaches off their respective soccer and softball fields.

According to PoliticalFix Florida, Ring decided to sponsor the “Athletic Coaches” bill after noticing a flurry of ill-tempered girls’ softball coaches in his home district.

The bill would apply to all youth sports ages 12 and under. It would require any coach who is ejected from a game to be suspended from their coaching gig for the remainder of the season.

Another presumably irritated spectator, Shevrin Jones, is sponsoring the bill in the House.

This is very useful legislation and has already cleared two Senate committees because, obviously, it would be burdening local Little Leagues and soccer clubs to have them make and enforce their own rules. It’s a matter clearly better understood by politicians in Tallahassee because many of them coach softball and see rambunctious coaches.

Congratulations on putting an end to the madness!

What’s fun here is both lawmakers are Democrats. As in, “get out of my wife’s uterus,” Democrats. But apparently, “get out of my softball field” doesn’t apply.

Look at those tax dollars work!

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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