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Sportsmanship in the stands is the expectation


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50869e61964c6 The IHSAA poster is stating very clearly what most people in the stands are thinking while others are verbally not meeting expectations
The IHSAA poster is stating very clearly what most people in the stands are thinking while others are verbally not meeting expectations

Those around you wish you would stop

We are proud of CAMs tradition of being loud and proud at home and away games in all sports.  However, there is a vocal minority that takes things too seriously and directs frustration at officials mainly, but can spill over to coaches and players.  The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) has sent out a poster that says it all and clearly defines expectations for all spectators.

Officials make mistakes and the groan and chatter between fans in the stands is expected, hollering out at the officials does nothing but identify you as the person this poster needs to reach.  Complaining and yelling usually starts with one or two people but often erupts on every 50-50 call after the momentum has been gained and soon a group is complaining about every call that goes against the Cougars.  Many times those yelling do not understand the rules, how rules are applied and often are flat our wrong as they may be applying college or professional rules to a high school situation.

Yelling embarrasses those around you and if you have a player out there I guarantee it embarrasses them.  It takes attention away from what the players are doing well and often distracts the team.

Yelling at the team, coaches and players is beyond unacceptable, and that extends to conversations you have with players after games.  Players understand what they've done wrong and coaches are working with and entire squad and all the variables you don't have to worry about being just a fan.  It's really easy to think some strategy, offense or substitution is going to make a difference when you haven't been at practice, haven't seen what each player can do, or do not really know what the opponent is trying or doing.  Plus most of us have a player or two we're really pulling for, so our judgement is biased.  The coach has to balance winning with giving playing time to those who work hardest every day in practice.

Please consider these expectations when you feel the urge to shout at an official or negatively call out the team, a player or the coaches.

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