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Iowa athletic associations react to poor behavior at sporting events

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THE IOWA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS AND GIRLS ATHLETIC UNIONS SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH WHEN IT COMES TO BAD BEHAVIOR AT GAMES. THE UNIONS JOINTLY PUBLISHED AN OP ED TODAY ON THEIR WEBSITES ADDRESSING COACHES AND PARENTS AND FANS, SPECIFICALLY THEIR CALLING OUT HOW PEOPLE TREAT THE OFFICIALS. IOWA IS CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING AN EXTREME SHORTAGE OF PHYSICIANS, REFEREES, UMPIRES AND NATIONAL RESEARCH SHOWS. MAD FANS IN THE STANDS AS THE NUMBER ONE REASON OFFICIALS QUIT KCCI AS REPORTED EXTENT SIMPLY ON RECENT BAD BEHAVIOR, EVEN FROM PLAYERS INCLUDING TWO SEPARATE INCIDENTS LAST FRIDAY NIGHT. A LIVESTREAM OF THE DOWNLINK WITH CITY IOWA CITY CITY HIGH FOOTBALL GAME SHOWS MULTIPLE INCIDENTS OF HOSTILE, HOSTILE BEHAVIOR BY PLAYERS ON BOTH TEAMS. ANOTHER SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEO APPARENTLY SHOWS SOME ANKENY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS DAMAGING LOCKERS AFTER T

Iowa athletic associations respond to bad behavior at recent sporting events

The Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union say “enough is enough” when it comes to bad behavior at games.The Iowa High School boys and girls athletic unions say “enough is enough” when it comes to bad behavior at games.On Thursday, the unions, along with the National Federation of State High School Associations, jointly published an op-ed on their websites addressing coaches, parents, and fans. Specifically, they’re calling out how fans treat the officials.The op-ed can be read here.Iowa is currently experiencing an extreme shortage of officials, and national research shows bad fans in the stands is the number one reason officials quit.KCCI has reported extensively on recent bad behavior even from players, including 2 separate incidents last Friday night.A livestream of the Dowling Catholic and Iowa City City High football game shows multiple incidents of hostile behavior by both teams.Another social media video apparently shows some Ankeny high school football players damaging lockers after they won against top-ranked Southeast Polk.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union say “enough is enough” when it comes to bad behavior at games.

The Iowa High School boys and girls athletic unions say “enough is enough” when it comes to bad behavior at games.

On Thursday, the unions, along with the National Federation of State High School Associations, jointly published an op-ed on their websites addressing coaches, parents, and fans. Specifically, they’re calling out how fans treat the officials.

The op-ed can be read here.

Iowa is currently experiencing an extreme shortage of officials, and national research shows bad fans in the stands is the number one reason officials quit.

KCCI has reported extensively on recent bad behavior even from players, including 2 separate incidents last Friday night.

A livestream of the Dowling Catholic and Iowa City City High football game shows multiple incidents of hostile behavior by both teams.

Another social media video apparently shows some Ankeny high school football players damaging lockers after they won against top-ranked Southeast Polk.

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