High school football season opened in Iowa with nearly 170 games last weekend, and parents, students and other fans are being reminded to behave responsibly. Chris Cuellar, a spokesman for the Iowa High School Athletic Association, says there’s a high turnover rate for athletic directors, coaches and especially for game officials like referees.
The Boone-based association is issuing guidelines for fans who are heading to the athletic events, with the first rule being: Act your age.
The second guideline reminds parents not to live their lives vicariously through their kids.
There are about 80-thousand boys taking part in Iowa high school sports every year and some parents put a great amount of pressure on their sons to win a college scholarship. Cuellar reminds, that’s not what participating in a school sport is supposed to be about.
The main message he offers to sports fans is — be respectful and considerate.