Wisconsin HS students now banned from chanting harmless phrases like ‘air ball’ and ‘scoreboard’ at basketball games

PictureIn the state of Wisconsin, high school students will now be disciplined every time they chant words and phrases that the WIAA has labeled taunting or disrespectful in nature to opposing schools during basketball games. The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association are the ones responsible for crafting up this absurd ban on chants. Besides completely taking the fun out of high school sports, their goal is to create a more positive environment that promotes good sportsmanship between student bodies at athletic events.

The new list of forbidden chants the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association have banned are:

• “Fundamentals”
• “We can’t hear you”
• “Air ball”
• “You can’t do that”
• “There’s a net there”
• “Scoreboard”
• “Season’s over” ​ In an email sent out to Wisconsin students in December, the WIAA announced the new cheering standards that students will be held to:

“Not wanting to restrict creativity or enjoyment, an enthusiastic and boisterous display of support for a school’s team is welcomed and encouraged at interscholastic events when directed in a positive manner. However, any action directed at opposing teams or their spectators with the intent to taunt, disrespect, distract or entice an  unsporting behavior in a response is not acceptable sportsmanship. Student groups, school administrators and event managers should take immediate steps to correct this unsporting behavior.”

The news of this outrageous ban by now has made it to students statewide, already resulting in one suspension of a student. April Gehl, a three-sport athlete at Hilbert High School in Wisconsin, was suspended five games from the basketball team for tweeting to the WIAA, telling them to “Eat [expletive] WIAA”.

​How the WIAA and high schools plan to enforce this or discipline students who do not abide by the new rule is not known at this point.

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