'dads are worse'
Eleanor Byrnes watches her daughters, Ruth (17), Emma (12) and Sara (eight), play hockey.
"My daughters would be embarrassed if I shouted while they play, so I never do that.
"I see more dads than mums shouting at their children at matches, which is ironic, given that many don't understand the rules.
"I think they do it because they like the sound of their own voices. Compared with the dads, most mums make far more dignified spectators."
"I think parents should shout support, but they should never shout instruction. Players have to listen to the coach shouting, so it's confusing and distracting if parents are yelling comments at the same time.
"I've heard parents greet their kids coming off the field after a match with: 'You didn't play today.' They often say that loudly enough for other spectators and players to hear."