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Reminder for high school sports fans

So far, local athletes and coaches have been working hard to prepare for the season. With football season beginning Friday, the high-school season is about to heat up until school ends in May.

I know the players and coaches are ready, but are the fans prepared for the sports season as well?

If not, here are a couple of suggestions that could help make the high-school sports season enjoyable for all fans. I came up with this list a few years ago, and I wanted to pass it on again as another reminder for sports fans.


I cannot stress this enough.

Every year, I hear how fans are so fired up for football season and the other high-school sports to start, but when it gets here, the stands look empty.

I know there are several schools that get great support, but then again, there are others who rarely receive any kind of support, unless it is a big game.

Regardless of wins or losses, real fans show up and support their teams through thick and thin.

As a former high-school athlete, I can tell you that there is nothing more disappointing than arriving to a local stadium or gym and seeing empty bleachers.

It may cost between $5 and $8 for tickets, but not only are you supporting the schools by purchasing tickets, your presence at the games adds to the atmosphere. Athletes really get fired up and play better when there is a packed house cheering them on.


When you’re at the games, please do not treat it as just a social event.

There is nothing wrong with saying hello or catching up with a few friends at the games, but remember the task at hand, which is to cheer and support your team.

The worst thing a fan could do is just go to a game, spend that money on tickets, sit down without cheering and pay no attention at all to the game.

Do whatever you can to support your teams, whether its painting your faces in school colors, shouting “defense” from the top of your lungs or dancing in the stands with the band.


It is not required to be a sports whiz to attend games, but fans should know what is going on during games.

Before arriving at the stadium, try to learn all the key players on your favorite team, what positions they play and what are the main keys your team must do to win.

You can find information on the teams by reading articles in our newspapers or website at www.bayoupreps.com. You can also buy a game program before the game, which usually has all kinds of nice photos on the teams, coaches, players, cheerleaders and other school-related information.


Fans should be respectful to all athletes, coaches, officials and other fans at games.

I know there are some fans that really get into the game, but please be careful not to do anything that could get you kicked out of the venue or even arrested.

High-school athletes and coaches aren’t in the professional ranks like Drew Brees or Sean Payton, so fans should avoid being sore losers during bad times. They are out there giving it all they’ve got, and they should be appreciated for their hard work and efforts.

And with referees, it is acceptable to boo bad calls, but don’t take it too far. Referees, just like everyone else, are human and make mistakes.


The high school sports season is one of the best times of the year to be a fan.

In the next nine months, there will be memories made that will last a lifetime, so cherish the experience, be safe and have fun!

Staff writer Chris Singleton can be reached at 857-2213 or 448-1200 ext. 2213 or chris.singleton@houmatoday.com.

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