This article was originally published in NYSIR News – Fall 1997
ATHLETIC CONTESTS ARE OFTEN PLAYED AT HIGH LEVELS OF INTENSITY, WITH PLAYERS GIVING 100% IN EFFORT TO ACHIEVE THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF VICTORY. SOMETIMES, THAT PASSION SURFACES AMONG THE GAME’S SPECTATORS, AND THERE ARE OCCASIONS WHEN THE EMOTIONS OF STUDENTS AND PARENTS RISE TO A HIGH LEVEL.
This situation often occurs in a contest between traditional rivals, or when a league or regional championship is at stake.
Fortunately, there are methods that school districts can employ to be sure the athletic contest remains an enjoyable experience for all involved.
The following are some crowd control procedures that have been implemented by several of our subscribers:
- Try to keep the visiting team and fans separated from the home fans.
- Make sure there is adequate security personnel (both uniformed and plain clothed) at the event.
- Provide separate seating for home and visiting spectators.
- Provide a secure area for the visiting team bus to insure a safe and orderly arrival and departure from the site of The contest.
- For night contests, be sure roads, parking lots, and walkways are adequately lighted.
- Station security personnel in parking lots and in any areas of the building that spectators will have access to.
- Be sure that security personnel stationed inside and outside have a means to communicate, such as two-way radios.
- Do not allow spectators to reenter the building after they have left.
- Remind coaches and players that their conduct toward opponents and officials can have an effect on the Behavior of spectators.
- Remind spectators to channel their energy to supporting their team, not degrading the opposition.
- In the days leading up the contest, school administrators, teachers and coaches should deliver a message stressing sportsmanship and that unruly behavior will not be tolerated.