Columbus - Inappropriate adult behavior at high school athletic events in Ohio 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-percent said it was “dealing with aggressive parents and adult fans.”
The men and women who wear the black and white stripes agree. In fact, almost 80-percent 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 Ohio 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: