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Where did the student sections go?

January 12, 2013 - Andy Heintz
I am getting old but not that old.

It seems like my age is catching up to me lately. I remember the days when student sections at basketball games were rowdy and actually helped the home team have an advantage.

It may be the area or it may be a sign of the times, but I am wondering why the students just aren't into the games anymore?

Is it because the schools and governing bodies are making sportsmanship such a priority that the students are not allowed to say anything anymore? Or is it just not cool to be that kid making a ton of noise as an athletic event.

It used to be something prideful. It is used to be something I looked forward to seeing when I went to a small-town basketball game.

It is also something that seems to be fading away fast.

The best student section I have seen this season was from Des Moines Roosevelt during a Marshalltown road game. They were loud, aware of who was good on the floor for the Bobcats and made sure the homecourt was an advantage. They even dressed up into various looking costumes.

I recently attended a small-town game in Reinbeck and thought I would see my first fired-up student section from an area team of the season. I was wrong. I think the section was asleep.

I have heard good things about the crowds at Meskwaki Settlement School. Most of the crowds I see are full of fans more worried about a call that referees aren't making than cheering for their team.

I sure hope the governing bodies emphasis on sportsmanship is not taking away something that was fun about high school sports. It would be a shame if that was causing the students to sit on their hands and tape their mouths shut.

I am not asking for poor sportsmanship. You can cheer and be loud without being offensive or vulgar.

High school is supposed to be fun. It is supposed to bring out a sense of pride. It is not supposed to be a library setting.


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