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Old Fri Dec 14, 2007, 11:57am
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Originally Posted by ronny mulkey
Had a situation Tuesday night that continues to bother me. Have disussed with several of our guys and I'd like to put it to you guys for your input because I have the winning team again next week.

We have a vert hotly contested game with the visiting team being clearly superior. The home team is becoming increasingly frustrated to the point wher we are forced to call a T for taunting, an intentional for excessive contact and many, many fouls.

While standing at C infront of the home student section, a fan yells "hey, # 23, you are terrible". The player atrts to respond but I stop him bt stating to just play ball and ignore the fans. His coach sees that he is agitated and subs him out. At this point, I am not alarmed. With about 2 minutes remaining in the game, an empty plastic bottle comes out of the student section and hits #23 in the head. Of course, he confronts the student that he thinks is the hurler. He doesn't leave floor and no punches are thrown. I am trying to get him back and 2 of his teammates join the fray. Still no punches thrown and still no play leaving the floor. Order is restored quickly by security as they escort out the student section.

My questions are:

Should I have become more proactive when the fan yelled at #23?

When do comments from the stands become abusive?

Would you penalize a player if he responded or gestured to statements from the stands? Would you consider him to be part of the problem?

Would you have penalized #23 or his teamates for confronting the student section after being hit by the bottle?
I've got a T here.

No, I don't think you needed to be more proactive. You did well in the first case involving 23 and the students. 23's coach even took him out of the game. That was a good move.

If the comment from the stand was a one-off, I let it go, but if they get to the point where it is visibly affecting the players, I talk to game management to deal with it.

If a player responded, at the very least both coaches would be talked to, and game management would be dealing with the stands.

I would penalize 23 if he did something illegal. It doesn't sound like he did anything illegal.
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