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WIAA Op-Ed Asks Parents to "Cool It"


Here's a novel idea. How about you show up to sporting events, as a parent, and just sit and watch the sporting event and NOT yell at the refs. That's the feeling being conveyed by the folks who run high school sports in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association said in an op-ed this week that parents need to "cool it."  The letter, co-written by Karissa Niehoff, director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and WIAA Executive Director Dave Anderson, says poor behavior of some parents at games towards officials “humiliates your child, annoys those sitting around you, embarrasses your child’s school and is the primary reason Wisconsin has an alarming shortage of high school officials.” The op-ed says that a recent survey of sports officials found that over 75 percent of high school officials listed “adult behavior” as the primary reason they quit, and that a shortage of qualified officials has caused events in some areas to be postponed or cancelled. 

Read the full op-ed here

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