It is naturally expected a Gentleman knows his limits with alcohol
and is able to control himself in this regard accordingly. As a reminder: If
not permitted on site, do not binge drink beforehand. If permitted on site,
simply restrict your intake to ensure you are in control of your behavior, actions
and language. If you cannot control yourself with alcohol – don't drink or don't attend - either way we suggest you sign yourself into the nearest clinic or join a relevant
Clap at appropriate times and not to put other participants off - it has even been used to taunt people and discourage them – do not do
it. Use applause to encourage and to recognize. Even with opposing
teams/participants i.e. clap when they enter onto the sporting area, if someone
has to retire due to injury and at the end of the sport (regardless of the
Simply put this is unacceptable behavior, regardless of the level
of the sport, or to whom it is directed. Even your team/participant will have
off days and even off seasons. It is up to the management team to handle poor
performance of any participants, not the spectators. Participants who display
unsportsmanlike behavior should be ignored – silence can be a powerful tool.
Just remember to cheer where you can and for positive reasons only.
Use your vocal capabilities to cheer for your participant/team and
not against the opponent(s). Certainly do not call out and make a noise to
throw people off their game.
Treat other spectators with respect and
consideration. Do not stand in front of them without checking to see if you are
obscuring their view – certainly where this includes younger or frail
spectators, offer to change positions so that they have a better view
(certainly better than if you were standing in front of them!). It never ceases
to amaze us the response we get when making such an offer e.g. grateful
parents/guardians, not to mention the smiles of joy from the children concerned!
Many sporting events are ticket entry and can be expensive, so have a care for the cost which has been incurred and ensure you make your fellow spectators viewing (regardless of whom they support) a pleasurable experience – no droning and ongoing running commentaries, no continual denigrating remarks – add to the experience by joining in with gasps, joyous celebrations etc. Remember the simple advice: “do to others as you would have done to you”.
As a gentleman, it is anticipated you do not swear or curse in
public anyway. However, we are fully aware of the passion sporting occasions
can arouse in people. It is therefore even more important at such events to
keep a firm control of your language. Sporting occasions are viewed as family
activities and thus your approach is noted by many different groups of society
– you cannot be a gentleman only when you choose.
Often the rules of the sport specify no swearing and if the participants are to abide by these rules then so should the spectators. At some events there is even a zero tolerance rule applied and spectators may be ejected for bad behaviour including swearing. Remember who you are, where you are and who is around you.
These people are in positions
of authority and responsibility. On no account should you fail to abide by
their directions and instructions and you should certainly never harangue,
shout or attack them (verbally or physically). Leave them alone and let them do
the job they are there to do, if it wasn’t for them there wouldn’t be a game to
watch! If you cannot control yourself to do this – you should not be there!
Plus, you may have a better viewing advantage compared with the officials, who
have to take split second decisions based on their view; they may not even have
the benefit of recorded replay to review (while spectators may have this
Remember why you are there – to enjoy the sport and support a
particular individual or team. However, one of the strangest occurrences we
witness is fans leaving the sports area before the event has finished. Usually
this occurs 10-15 minutes before the end, when the side being supported is
losing or the game has been slow, uninspiring and/or a draw. Spectators decide
to get to the exits/car park before the end of game rush.
We believe this is rude and disrespectful to the participants – you are there to support them, so be there at the end of the game to clap them off the sports area. We cannot imagine what the participants think when they see empty stands/seats/bleachers, vacated by their supporters before the game finishes. If you support your team, then support your team. Stick with them in both good and bad games, tournaments and seasons.
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