LA Times Pokes Fun at WIAA

By Nathan Joyce
Back when we covered the state tournament, Jeff Graham wrote a story about the WIAA considering banning booing. WIAA executive director Mike Colbrese has been national news with this idea, making appearances with Bill O’Reilly and Dan Patrick among others. (By the way, Colbrese will be the guest speaker at the Kitsap Count Bremerton Athletic Roudntable meeting on April 25 at the Cloverleaf.) The Los Angeles Times is also taking its shot at the boo ban, which you can see if you keep reading…


Despite this date, this is no April Fool’s joke: If certain bureaucrats have their way, booing at high school sporting events in the state of Washington will be forbidden.
That’s right. A booing ban is being considered — seriously — by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.
“I don’t know why people think it’s acceptable to boo in the first place,” Mike Colbrese, the organization’s executive director, told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “It’s a pretty novel concept to me.”
Apparently, Colbrese doesn’t get out to many Seattle Mariners games.
The boo ban is part of a WIAA review of fan behavior. Already, the organization prohibits handmade signs and artificial noisemakers at games and forbids fans from criticizing officials before, during or after sporting events.
Instead — seriously, again — the WIAA requests that spectators submit any complaints about officiating in writing.
“It’s a much broader topic than just booing,” Colbrese said. “What we’re trying to teach our fans is that you have to be civil. Just because you bought a ticket, you can’t be irresponsible or disrespectful.”
That’s Washington for you.
Down here, it’s very different. At certain Los Angeles sporting events, the purchase of a ticket not only grants you the right to boo, but also the privilege of spending another $15 to park.

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