Wisconsin high school students banned from chanting 'scoreboard,' 'air ball'
An email reportedly sent to schools in December banned "chants by students directed at opponents and/or opponents' supporters that are clearly intended to disrespect."
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- If you ever happen to attend a high school basketball game in Wisconsin, you better bring your best manners.
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association has banned high school student sections from chanting certain words and phrases during basketball games.
An email sent to schools in December banned "chants by students directed at opponents and/or opponents' supporters that are clearly intended to disrespect."
According to Sports Illustrated, the following words were reportedly offered as examples:
- "We Can't Hear You"
- "Air Ball"
- "You Can't Do That"
- "There's A Net There"
- "Season's Over"
While that email is now a month old, it came to light this week when a Wisconsin high school athlete was suspended by her school for tweeting criticism of the rule.
The news of the WIAA's decision has created a spark on social media Tuesday, with many national voices offering their disdain over the ruling. One in particular, ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, offered his version of some WIAA-approved chants:
WIAA acceptable chant: "We note your attempt did not reach the rim, but only to alert the clock operator that a reset is unnecessary."— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) January 12, 2016
WIAA acceptable chant: "We hope for a positive outcome while fully realizing that the result is not a negative reflection upon our guest."— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) January 12, 2016
WIAA acceptable chant on FT attempt: "We cannot in good conscience pretend we want you to make this, but wish you good luck, nonetheless."— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) January 12, 2016
There are still several questions to be answered by the WIAA, including what would happen to a group of students if they were to shout any of the included words in the direction of the unassuming athletes.
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