CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) -The Ohio High School Athletic Association has apparently had enough with fan and parent behavior at high school sporting events. The association called the unruly behavior the biggest challenge facing high school sports.
The O.H.S.A.A. went so far as to say, “Inappropriate adult behavior at high school athletic events in Ohio has reached epidemic proportion.”
Jim Mormino is the athletic director at Willoughby South High School. He says he is thankful that he has a great group of parents at the school, but every once in awhile there can be a problem.
“Every once in while there is an instance where we have an unruly parent and we have to deal with that and that’s the last thing we want,” Mormino said. “And it’s the last thing a kid wants is for mom or dad to get in trouble being unruly at a game.”
There are a number of guidelines that the O.H.S.A.A. put out that they believe parents should follow including:
- Act your age
- Stay in your own lane
The guidelines suggest parents not yell and scream at games and allow coaches and officials to do their jobs without any parental interference.
Mormino believes players, coaches and officials are doing the best they can and parents and fans should accept that.
“You don’t need to be degrading and yelling and arguing with everybody as much as they are right now,” he said.