Clarification: This story has been updated to reflect that the NDHSAA rules of fan conduct have been in place for some time, and that some of the wording in the rules was recently modified.
(KXNET) — The North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) has recently updated it longstanding rules regarding fan behavior expectations at sporting events across the state of North Dakota.
The goal of the existing rules and the wording changes is to promote good sportsmanship for spectators who are in attendance.
Among the rules specifically aimed at fan conduct:
- Spectators must wear clothing that covers the entire torso. Those who do not comply or who wear clothing that is vulgar, obscene or that is in some other way inappropriate, as determined by school/tournament personnel, will be removed from the facility if they do not cooperate with this behavior expectation.
- The use of appropriate language is expected at all times. Profanity, negative chants, trash talk, name-calling, personal attacks or other acts of disrespect are unacceptable and must be immediately addressed by school/tournament administrators. Any discriminatory slur will result in immediate removal from the facility.
- Artificial noise makers of any kind (i.e. megaphones, cowbells, sirens, whistles, thunder sticks, and other similar items) are not allowed at any indoor events.
The NDHSAA is letting people know, starting immediately, it will be putting a stricter focus on enforcement of the rules to maintain civility and good sportsmanship at sporting events.
The fan conduct rules could raise some concerns and questions, you can check some of them out by clicking here.