Brawl at Basketball Tournament

With all the poor sportsmanship being displayed by "role models" in pro and college sports, the high school scene was due to have a display. What can be done ? Is it the kids? Is it the coaches? Is it the parents?

Papillion-La Vista South won their first game in the Metro Conference Holiday Tournament at the University of Nebraska – Omaha.  But the victory was marred by a bench-clearing brawl.

Nebraska School Activities Association officials met Sunday with game referees, and to review videotape from both teams. The brawl was set off by players getting tangled up going for a rebound and took game officials about 10 minutes to restore order.

Although the benches cleared only 2 players were ejected, NSAA rules state that all players who leave the bench area should be ejected.  The ejection would also include the teams' next ball game.

With the recent fights on the Pro basketball court and college football field, this becomes just another example of the need for better leadership from coaches and control of game intensity by game officials.  Many times the on court trash talk goes beyond exceptable limits and the officials should give technical fouls for the uncalled for verbal behavior.  In Nebraska (under the 3 year old Sportsmanship rules) fans cannot bring noisemakers or yell profanity at officials, coaches, or other fans.  Many have called these the "no fun rules" but at the high school level there are reasons to monitor this behavior.

The NSAA may give out additional penalties to players, coaches, officials and schools.

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