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Before I post the article that was sent and shared by the NCHSAA, I want to share a few thoughts.  First, let me state that anyone who has met Que Tucker knows quickly that she is one who has spent the majority of her adult life working with and caring about student athletes.  I won't share her entire career (you can find it at but I will tell you that she has taught and coached at the high school level, she has coached at the collegiate level, and she has officiated.  We are fortunate to have her as Commissioner of the NCHSAA. 

What the article is talking about has already affected us here in Transylvania County.  Just last year, there was at least one time when RMS Baseball and Softball had to give up a scheduled home game and travel to play because of not having umpires available.  You won't always agree with an umpire or a coach, but you need to remember that they are human, and while doing their best, they (as you) will sometimes make a mistake.  The officials know the rules, they work hard for little pay, and most do it because they care about the students too.  The NFHS publishes rule books for all sports that will give you information about what rules have changed, and why the rules are in place.  If you really want to take the time to understand the rules more fully, you can purchase most of the books in digital format on Amazon for around $7.00 each.  And now...the article.  Please read it.

Parents and Adult Fans: The Biggest Challenge Facing High School Sports Today

By Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Que Tucker, Commissioner of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

Inappropriate adult behavior at high school athletic events in North Carolina and across our country has reached epidemic proportion. When more than 2,000 high school athletic directors were asked in a recent national survey what they like least about their job, 62.3% said it was “dealing with aggressive parents and adult fans.”

And the men and women who wear the black and white stripes, our officials, agree. In fact, almost 80% of officials quit after the first two years on the job, and unruly parents are cited as the reason why. As a result, there is a growing shortage of high school officials here in North Carolina, and in some sports like wrestling, swimming, and track and field, the shortage is severe. No officials means no more games. If you are a parent attending a high school athletic event this fall, you can help by following these six guidelines:

  1. Act Your Age. You are, after all, an adult. Act in a way that makes your family and school proud.
  1. Don’t Live Your Life Vicariously Through Your Children. High school sports are for them, not you. Your family’s reputation is not determined by how well your children perform on the field of play.


  1. Let Your Children Talk to the Coach Instead of You Doing It for Them. High school athletes learn how to become more confident, independent and capable—but only when their parents don’t jump in and solve their problems for them. 


  1. Stay in Your Own Lane. No coaching or officiating from the sidelines. Your role is to be a responsible, supportive parent—not a coach or official.


  1. Remember, Participating in a High School Sport Is Not About Getting a College Scholarship. According to the NCAA, only about 2% of all high school athletes are awarded a sports scholarship, and the total value of the scholarship is only about $18,000.


  1. Make Sure Your Children Know You Love Watching Them Play. Do not critique your child’s performance on the car ride home. Participating in high school sports is about character development, learning and having fun—not winning and losing.


Purchasing a ticket to a high school athletic event does not give you the right to be rude, disrespectful or verbally abusive. Cheer loud and be proud, but be responsible and respectful. The future of high school sports in North Carolina is dependent on you.


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