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KHSAA Approves Spectator Conduct Policy To Protect Referees

Posted at 5:55 AM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 07:05:55-04

(LEX 18)– The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has a new message for disruptive fans — if you get kicked out, you may not get to come back.

The KHSAA approved a new, tougher Spectator Conduct Policy on Wednesday.

Any adult fan ejected from an event would have to serve an additional suspension of one game or more.

The policy comes as referees are quitting in record numbers around the country, citing instances of verbal and even physical abuse by parents and coaches.

Just last month in McCraken County, a basketball coach was charged for assaulting a ref.

“From a sportsman standpoint, parents can try to understand that parents are trying to do their best,” said David Cameron. “And referees can show that they have a working competence of the sport that they’re umpiring or refereeing.”

Refs LEX 18 spoke with say they hope the new policy will help them focus in on the game, rather than worry about parents coming after them.