Download: Penalties for Excessive Cheering?
More than a dozen penalties were issued at a series of youth basketball games to fans who violated the rules of “Silent Cheer Day.”
According to CDAPress.com, spectators at the Idaho sporting event were supposed to show their support without yelling. They were allowed to use applause or signs to communicate.
The goal was to cut down on negativity that sometimes seeps into cheering.
Some parents said they were unaware it was “Silent Cheer Day” while others said it was simply too hard to not be vocal.
Coaches told CDAPress the fifth and sixth grade athletes played better with less noise.