New Jersey bans trash-talking for prep athletes

Starting with the 2013 season, the governing body of high school athletics in New Jersey won’t tolerate trash-talking.

It’s a good thing the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Area didn’t have this rule when Gary Payton was a prep athlete.

Wonder if the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association would ever go this route? I’ve not witnessed a lot of smack-talk in high school sports, but you know it exists.

The problem is enforcing the rule. What one official might consider trash-talking might not be trash-talking at all. New Jersey’s putting a lot of pressure on its referees to make the right call.

What do you think?


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