- Safety of spectators, officials and participants.
- Protect college property from destruction and abuse.
- Provide a healthy, respectful, family-friendly playing and spectator environment.
Administration of Events
I. Before Contest
- Conference mailing to parents of intercollegiate athletes re sportsmanship
- Analyze and highlight events where additional help and security is needed.
- AD speaks with visiting team AD alerting of any concerns or potential problems.
- Contact all Juniata athletes through coaches to use good judgment before during and after events where they may be attending as spectators.
- Contact campus community through administration, coach of team-involved and the JC SAAC with “please attend and be a positive, respectful representative of Juniata College” message.
- Block entry into facility for visibly drunken spectators.
- Announcement before game “Racist, sexist comments and other intimidating actions are grounds for dismissal….” Statement read by PA announcer.
- Advise apposing coach and the officiating crew how to contact event staff in the event they detect projectiles or hear inflammatory or abusive things from crowd.
- Screen signs made by spectators that are inflammatory in any way.
II. During Contest
- Enforce KSRC rule prohibiting spectators from floor or sitting on bottom west-side bleacher row.
- Separate JC students from visiting fans and bench.
- Establish a minimum of four rows behind visiting bench in basketball for visiting team spectators (clear entire section behind visitor bench for exclusive use of visiting teams for highlighted and playoff contests).
- Hire uniformed security (minimum of one officer for ever 500 expected attendance) and situate adjacent to student section.
- Use music and interactive game ops during time-outs and between games to drown any taunts, etc.
- Establish a no re-entry policy for students exiting facility at highlighted games to discourage drinking.
- In-game announcements to stay off field or court when contest ends.
III. After Contest
- Align ushers and security along sideline in front of student section (Memorial Gym) and near goalposts (Knox Stadium) at the 1:00 minute mark.
- Prevent spectators from entering floor or field until after teams and officials have exited the playing site.
- Expedite any game conclusion and celebratory ceremonies as soon as possible after conclusion of contest while continuing to keep spectators from entering the playing floor or field areas.
- Announcements to exit and vacate the facility in a safe and appropriate way.
IV. Crowd Management Notes, Research and Qualifications.
- A maximum effort at all events to prevent unlawful and unsafe behaviors involving physical interactions between spectators, officials and contestants.
- Juniata management must endeavor to minimize uncivil behaviors with good planning before highlighted events and reacting as promptly as possible to such non-physical behaviors (as sexist, racist, intimidating actions/comments during and after contests) by confronting individuals and if necessary removing individuals from the site of competition.
- Understand that social learning, alcohol, need-for-excitement and anonymity effects will cause otherwise well-intentioned individuals to behave differently in a large group.
- Understand that all research and game-management experience indicates that the above initiatives will not eliminate uncivil or even some unlawful behaviors or aggression…so a reactive physical presence must always be available to some appropriate degree.
- Ultimately a culture among spectators must evolve where constructive confrontation of and willingness to identify perpetrators is the norm and not an exceptional act.
- Tossing a spectator after an uncivil behavior or stopping a contest until group actions cease send powerful messages about proper comportment but such interventions cannot be overused, unsafe or unprofessional…and be effective in the long term.
- Comments: Where to draw the line.
- What we’ve let go (It would be good if our fans are somewhat innovative)
- The “air-ball” routine
- “Doughnuts”. Chant to an overweight male contestant (fine line…)
- “Short shorts” to a male player with out-of-date inseam length on his volleyball shorts.
- “Sit-down, shut-up” chants to coaches.
- Many and varied “bad hair” comments to males with dye jobs, Mohawks, semi-profane ‘do’s.
- “Safety school”, “You’ll work for us someday” chants.
- “Garbage” after a contestant spit into the student section.
- Anything from faculty and administration until officials ask for desist.
- What we’ve tried to control and curtail
- “Bullshit”. These chants will surface on occasion and are stopped (even when inevitable variations like “Push It” evolve in the crowd). Even the Dookies eschew anything close to profanity.
- “You suck”. Junior high school behavior. Has been and will likely remain a constant battle. Our students are bright and can certainly be more creative than this one. Way beneath the residents of Krzyzewskiville.
- “Fat ass” chant to male player before they switched to a “Doughnuts” chant (which was given a pass) above.
- “Gay Boy” resulted in a toss.
- “Geek Man”
- “Ching Ching Chinaman” to an Asian VB player (toss)
- “Hood rat” (toss)
- “You’re ugly” to a female VB player (game was stopped and an announcement made)
- Anything about relatives or personal life (“Your wife left you” chorus to an opposing coach). Belinda confronted student section (worse than a toss).
- Physical abnormalities.
- Grades or academic status of a contestant.
- Obviously anything racist, sexist or meant to be intimidating.