Granby " Middle Park enforces CHSAA sportsmanship rules |

Granby " Middle Park enforces CHSAA sportsmanship rules

Katie Looby
Grand County, Colorado

Middle Park High Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Marlo Klassen is enforcing some of the recent changes to the school’s sportsmanship code of conduct.

“Whether we think there’s something wrong or not, we’re expected to enforce the CHSAA (Colorado High School Athletic Association) rules because we are a member,” he said. “If we break them they’re going to write you up.”

Klassen said a lot has changed since he was in high school.

“The sad thing is there’s more don’ts than dos,” he said. “Our kids have been pretty good. I don’t think it’s as much of a problem as we’re trying to be proactive.”

One of the major changes listed in the report says: “Chants like ‘we can’t hear you,’ ‘we’ve got spirit, how bout you,’ ‘where’s your crowd,’ ‘you got swatted,’ ‘you can’t do that,’ ‘start the bus,’ and ‘hey, hey good bye,’ must be addressed by schools and eliminated.”

CHSAA also hopes to eliminate back-and-forth chants between fans.

Examples of unacceptable behavior include: fans reading or rattling newspapers, turning backs, or cheering for the home team during the away team’s introduction. Other banned chants include: “air ball,” “you, you, you,” “what’s the score,” and “warm up the bus.”

Klassen encourages the Middle Park High Panthers to continue to put all their energy into cheering for their school.

“I think people have to realize we’re not trying to discourage our fans,” Klassen added.

” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or

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