Officiating associations representing all high school basketball officials statewide, in collaboration with the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA), are highlighting the week of Jan. 28 – Feb. 2, 2019 as Sportsmanship Week.
National research indicates that officials and parents agree that sportsmanship is getting worse and that poor sportsmanship by spectators and participants is the leading reason high school referees quit officiating (Referee Magazine, February 2018).
In Utah, unsportsmanlike behavior and the lack of respect and decorum is problematic. Instances of verbal abuse and threats of physical altercations continue to occur and are contributing factors in the decline of individuals willing to work as officials. As a result, basketball officials in the state of Utah are uniting to raise awareness of this growing problem and to encourage greater civility and mutual respect.
The Corner Canyon Administration would like to remind all fans, including students and parents, to cheer for your Chargers and not against our opponents or the officials. Officials are not the reason we win or lose, but are the reason we have games. Please do your part in creating competitive environment without negativity, rudeness, and incivility.
Here are couple of articles posted this week by local media related to the topic of sportsmanship in Utah.