OCT 29


Between the lines, sports officials have every right and can take immediate action to eject a player or coach from a game for unruly behavior. It’s never a comfortable situation, but it’s the right thing for officials to do. But what about overly obnoxious fans sitting outside of those lines but within shouting distance of the court or field?

He or she is making every attempt to be heard by the officials and others about how terrible they feel the officiating is for that game. The insults might even come with finger‑pointing or other physical gyrations. They might even be aimed at the opponent of his or her team.

How do officials address that guy or gal (adult, teen or adolescent)? They seem to be in every gym or stadium these days no matter what the level. How do officials discreetly chuck the bad apples, so the game can continue with some civility?

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