Negative behaviors increase during high school sports events in Maine

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After a restricted fall sports season last year due to the pandemic, high school athletes, coaches and sports fans happily greeted a more traditional season this year. However, one notable difference was the increase in fan numbers at high school sporting events, and with that came unwelcome fan behavior. “I haven’t thrown a child out of a play in years, and I saw the child throw something, and I just knocked him down and escorted him with a police officer,” said Kennebunk High school’s athletic director Joe Schwartzman. Schools in the area have reported cases of exaggerated student behavior. It’s really to support their players and not to belittle the other team and not select other people. With the bullying and harassment that has taken place across the country, we are trying to avoid this stuff, ”said Rich Buzzell, athletic director for Marshwood. Sports administrators and educators have highlighted several factors in the increase in negative behavior, including re-acclimatization to pre-pandemic expectations, negative examples prevalent at major professional and university sporting events and on the internet. “There is so much gossip online. Kids call it tweets these days. It happens outside of schoolyards and in all of the lower worlds of the internet, and therefore, when we bring children together in bleachers, we have to understand that there has to be that line of respect of encouragement and being positive. High school principal Eric Klein said. Klein said fan antics forced Yarmouth High School to moving the evening games right after school in hopes of combating negative behavior. “It’s exciting to be back on the pitch. It’s exciting to cheer on your best friends, and so on. . Let’s just work on doing it the right way, “Klein said. Athletic directors said the loss of in-person learning had hampered their ability to build relationships with students. They said students can help themselves to self-regulate. “A game , there was a chant that wasn’t appropriate, and the way we were able to fix that was to be able to sit the three or four students that I worked with, and say, “Hey, can you tell me? help fix this, because if i have to fix it, it becomes admin against. students where I have to take a child out and everyone will boo. And the next game, they found ways to get around those negative chants, ”said Jeff Oliver, York High School athletic director. School officials said inappropriate fan behavior was led by a minority of fans, and there is positive fan behavior that should be applauded. Schwartzman said when the Kennebunk community complained about the trash at the games, he recruited a student cleaning crew that got bigger week by week. “They clean the stands. They sweep them, and if they get a T-shirt, they’re part of the Kennebunk team. That was a good thing. The kids were great, but that’s one of them. ways that I’m really trying to build a relationship with them and this year in particular, ”said Schwartzman.

After a restricted fall sports season last year due to the pandemic, high school athletes, coaches and sports fans happily greeted a more traditional season this year.

However, one notable difference was the increase in fan numbers at high school sporting events, and with that came unwelcome fan behavior.

“I haven’t thrown a kid out of a game in years, and I saw the kid throw something, and I just knocked him down and escorted him with a police officer,” he said. said Kennebunk High School athletic director Joe Schwartzman.

Schools in the area have reported cases of exaggerated student behavior.

“Sometimes they lose their focus on what is really the most important part of being there. It’s really to support their players and not to belittle the other team and not select other people. With the intimidation and harassment that has taken place in the country, we are trying to avoid this kind of thing, ”said Marshwood athletic director Rich Buzzell.

Sports administrators and educators have pointed out several factors in the increase in negative behavior, including re-acclimatization to pre-pandemic expectations, negative examples prevalent at major professional and university sporting events and on the internet.

“There is so much gossip online. Kids call it tweets these days. It happens outside of school grounds and in all the lower worlds of the internet, and so when we bring children together in the stands, we have to understand that there has to be this line of respect to encourage and to be positive. It’s not just because it’s MPA guidelines, it’s because it’s what we believe in, ”said Eric Klein, Principal of Yarmouth High School.

Klein said fan antics forced Yarmouth High School to move nightly games right after school in hopes of tackling negative behavior.

“It’s exciting to be back on the pitch. It’s exciting to cheer on your best friends, and so on. Let’s just work on doing it the right way, ”Klein said.

Athletic directors said the loss of in-person learning had hampered their ability to build relationships with students. They said that students can help each other regulate each other.

“In a game there was a chant that wasn’t appropriate, and the way we were able to fix that was to be able to sit the three or four students I worked with and say, ‘ Hey can you guys help with this at all because if I have to fix it it becomes admin versus. students where I have to take a child out and everyone will boo. And the next game, they found ways to get around those negative chants, ”said Jeff Oliver, athletic director at York High School.

School officials have said that inappropriate fan behavior is led by a minority of fans, and that there is positive fan behavior that should be applauded.

Schwartzman said when the Kennebunk community complained about the trash at the games, he recruited a student cleaning crew that got bigger week by week.

“They are cleaning the stands. They sweep them up, and if they get a T-shirt, they’re part of the Kennebunk crew. It has been a good thing. The kids have been great, but that’s one of the ways I’m really trying to relate to them and this year in particular, ”Schwartzman said.

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