CUSD considers code of conduct for fans

A spectator code of conduct policy could be coming to Chico sporting events

Posted: Feb. 21, 2018 6:50 PM

A Spectator Code of Conduct policy could be coming to sporting events in Chico. Its proponents say it's all about creating a safe and friendly environment for fans, players, coaches and officials. Action News Now's Ross Field has the details.

We've seen it before, spectators at sporting events behaving in an unruly fashion.

"I think the fans have to keep control of themselves, it is really is sad to hear a parent screaming and cursing at the kid and the coaches," said Robert Tate.

Such instances have sparked Chico Unified School District officials to propose a spectator code of conduct policy.

"Sometimes we lose the fact that you know we're actually here to root for our school teams and our students and we want to make sure we're focusing just on that," said Jay Marchant, CUSD Director of Secondary Education.

The proposed policy calls for fans to refrain from verbal abuse including taunting and vulgar language. Other prohibited behaviors are disrespectful signage, throwing objects and phsyical contact. If fans repeatedly violate these rules, they could be permanently banned from school sporting events after three strikes.

"We want everybody at the game to be there to root for their team, to root for their child in a positive manner and stick to the pact. This way if it doesn't happen that way we can have protocols to talk to a parent or a spectator about what our expectations are. We keep our athletes in check with our Athlete Committed and we're just taking it to the next level with our spectator policy," added Marchant.

So, what do fans think?

"If parents are acting up or other participants are acting in a manner that others feel uncomfortable we can address it as grown-ups and talk to one another about it. I don't know why we need to be legislating yet one more avenue to be dealing with, we have a lot of other more important issues to be adressing," said Tracy Davis.

"I always think less rules are the best however I totally get it and I understand and people can be quite abusive and I think it's worth reviewing anyway and at least bringing up as a topic," added Ray Laager.

The Board of Trustees will discuss the topic Wednesday night and vote on it at a future meeting.

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