Eugene Solano, the team’s director, said the team was playing in the Hardwood Palace tournament in Rocklin against Folsom Elite Basketball Academy, KXTL reported. Players told him about the alleged trip.
“One of the kids during one of the timeouts had said, ‘Hey coach, there’s a parent on the sideline, it’s a woman, you know, I think she’s wearing a pink hat,’ pretty specific. ‘And she’s telling their kids to elbow us in the face,’” Solano told the news outlet.
A video appeared to show a 9-year-old boy dribbling on the court before a woman with a pink hat sticks out her foot as he dribbled past her. She was not identified.
In a statement Folsom Basketball Academy said it is aware of the video.
“We have been made aware of the video and we have addressed the situation with the parent involved directly,” the statement to the local station said. “It is our policy to manage all disciplinary matters in a way that is effective and productive so we can eliminate incidents in the future but this is an internal club matter and out of respect for the privacy of the people involved we will not be commenting any further.”
The manager of the Hardwood Palace added that the woman was told not to come back to the tournament.
Other details about the incident are not clear.
The National Bullying Prevention Center notes that one out of every four students, or 22 percent, report being bullied during the school year, saying:
– 64 percent of children who were bullied did not report it; only 36 percent reported the bullying.
– More than half of bullying situations (57 percent) stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied.
– School-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by up to 25 percent.
– The reasons for being bullied reported most often by students were looks (55 percent), body shape (37 percent), and race (16 percent).
It added that “cyberbullying” is also on the rise, with about 20 percent of high school students in the United States reporting being bullied online.