Administrators and Athletic Directors:
As we approach the end of the winter sports seasons and the beginning of the spring sports, an alarming trend has been seen at recent basketball contests. There have been several instances of fans “storming” the court following a last second shot or victory. This practice is not condoned by TAPPS and one that puts players, coaches and fans in a situation with potentially disastrous outcomes. The court has no place for fans prior to the game (especially during warmups), during the contest or after the contest while the teams still occupy the court or benches. It is incumbent upon the home school game administrators to ensure that the spectators respect the boundaries and do not interact with the teams or officials.
We all love a hard fought game and love it even more when our team comes out on top. Storming the court, field or pitch can lead to injury and unhealthy interactions between players, fans or coaches if the situation is uncontrolled. Please take a moment to review your school’s procedures on hosting contests and look especially on crowd management prior to, during and after contests.
If questions arise, please contact the TAPPS office at 254-947-9268 or by email at [email protected].