By Eric Fischer
Debate continues about what is acceptable for fans to say during high school sporting events. In 2016, Wisconsin high school athletics made national news after a Hilbert student was suspended 5 games for criticizing a WIAA email to coaches and administration attempting to ban chants. Chants on the report include “scoreboard”, “fundamentals”, “You can’t do that”, “airball”, and others that have become staples in sporting events. Yet, many of these can still be heard when attending games. Jay Kita, coach of the Gibraltar baseball team, says he wishes that the WIAA would be more proactive in showing their expectations.
Kita adds that he thinks Gibraltar students, as well as students across the conference are very respectful. In terms of the referee shortage being seen across the state, Kita also cited parents and a lack of interest from younger people as the main reasons in the decline of certified officials.