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Football Fans: Regulations make interception this fall

Fall sports are underway at Westerville South and, as usual,  players are busy with practicing their blocks, tackles, kicks and foot work.  But,  the spectator experience is changing in comparison to previous seasons.  

A message from administration  contained updated required safety measures for athletic events. The new measures hold a stricter set of rules for fans to follow when attending games or matches.

The introduction of these new guidelines was prompted by previous incidents at area football games specifically. Athletic director Jeff Good mentioned an incident during week one on Aug. 18 at the Canal Winchester versus Groveport game, where three individuals were found with guns. 

Gun safety has become a focus recently. Principal Mike Hinze said, “We are concerned about conflicts at these events leading to tragic results.” 

Therefore, one of the new requirements is that all bags brought into a school athletic event are subject to investigation and no students may bring in backpacks.

Along with that requirement there are several others, including stricter regulations around entry to the venue(s). Elementary and middle school students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to keep the younger children safe, supervised ,and separate from any situations that may arise.

In addition, there will be no entry into the facility after halftime to limit numbers.  Also, there is no re-entry once you leave the event. 

Athletic Director Good said, “These are all general guidelines to adhere to students and parents too. We want to guarantee safety for all.”

Principal Hinze said, “The Red Army will still be able to have a good time even though rules are affecting them too.”

Student section leader, senior Fletcher Fox said, “These regulations haven’t led to any issues with the student section and the experience is the same as it has always been.”

Students are not permitted on the playing field before, during, or after the event. Any student must behave in the stands, and any inappropriate behavior at Westerville South athletic events may lead to the individual being suspended from attending future games or events and other disciplinary consequences. 

Likewise, any fans that are behaving in a disorderly way will be asked to leave or be removed from the event. 

Another new rule with these safety measures includes limiting students and fans who are there to cheer for their team from chanting against the opposing team. Principal Hinze said, “We will give plenty of warnings so no student will be removed without several warnings.”

These regulations are designed for fan safety. Principal Hinze said, “Safety is the priority.”  

Wildcats  stay safe and enjoy the remaining Fall 2023 season.  


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Anne Keir, Reporter
My name is Anne Keir. I’m a senior at Westerville South and the Sports Editor for The Scribe. I am a second-generation student at South, and my family has lived in Westerville for years. I’m on the WSHS Track and Field team and compete in shot put and discus.  I love reading and listening to music. In my free time, I work at Roosters in Polaris and spend time with my friends. While working for The Scribe, I hope to meet new people and gain their perspective on life at Westerville South.   

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