I have been involved in basketball for many years as a player and spectator during my life but find cause for alarm in recent years. I attend high school basketball games regularly and have had a difficult time enjoying the games. At the beginning of each and every game they read a statement over the PA system about sportsmanship and allowing the athletes to play, the coaches to coach and referees to officiate. They request sportsmanship from all who are in attendance.
Well, this is quickly forgotten shortly after the games begin. Some of the comments I hear from parents or family members are just downright uncalled for. Threats towards the referees, comments directed towards the coaches of opposing teams. And if you are supporting the visiting team, be aware that if you cheer for your team, the comments rain down on you like you are in a war zone. I see young children in attendance as well and I shudder thinking that this is this the example we want to show our kids. It’s truly a shame that high school sports have come to this. Parents and family members need to set a better example for the future adults. This is no way to act at an athletic event.