It has come to our attention that several parents and spectators at our youth basketball games have displayed unsportsmanlike behavior that is negatively affecting the league.
As parents and spectators of VLPRA activities, each person is expected to abide by our code of ethics, which prohibits unsportsmanlike conduct including the bad behavior we have seen.
It is disheartening that police officers have had to eject spectators from games for their antics.
It stops now. There will be zero tolerance for this behavior, effective immediately.
Please consider this the final warning. If the poor conduct does not stop, we will begin issuing technical fouls for fan behavior. Police officers will be in the stands and various locations throughout the facility. If a parent or spectator exhibits prohibited behavior, such as: harassing referees, heckling opposing players, vulgarity, etc., that spectator’s team will be issued a technical foul. This is in addition to a potential multi-game expulsion or complete ban for the offender. This applies to parents, fans, and PARTICIPANTS.
Most of our parents, spectators, and athletes follow the rules and encourage all athletes. This is the standard that we will uphold. It is unfortunate that some individuals’ behavior is forcing this type of discipline that will affect the individual and the teams.
Let us remind you that this is youth athletics. While we encourage healthy competition, it is simply unacceptable for anyone to boo, heckle, and use foul language, especially adults who should be setting a positive example. The fact that this is happening even in our youngest leagues, Kindergarten/1st Grade, is alarming and won’t be tolerated.
Thank you for your kind attention, and we look forward to finishing this season with class, dignity, and good sportsmanship.
VLPRA Executive Director
February 13, 2019