After a couple of similar incidents here in Ohio, we have been informed that we have no power to send fans away if there is a grandstand and a security fence between the field and the spectators. Only when there is no fence can we send spectators away in Ohio. If there are stands and a fence, we can make the coach order all the fans to sit in the stands, but we can't send them out of the stadium. If problems continue, we could ask the site director to clear the stands, but unless there is a direct threat to the game and its participants, we can't just walk away. The match described in the original scenario is different, because some of the interaction seems to be between the teams themselves and the coaches. We could certainly abandon such a match where "the coaches are about to fight each other" and the AD doesn't deal with it. In Ohio, I guess it is presumed that the people in the stands are paying customers with freedom of speach who are entitled to act like typical idiotic sports fans with they want to. We're not supposed to even acknowledge the presence of spectators unless and until they somehow become directly involved in the contest. I don't like it, but that's the way it is here, and your mileage may vary.
you may recall that this past march I posted as how I removed all of the student spectators at a semi-final high school playoff game. I also believe that no action was ever taken by the sothern section.
easily dealt with. you just have to actually do it.
> High school boys' varsity game. Cross town rivals, huge socio-> economic/cultural differences between the teams. Large number of > spectators, directing foul language insults to the opposing players > and the referees, virtually from the start of the game. Players > clearly noticing the opposing spectators' language directed at > them. Early challenge leads to an "orange"" card. Fouling player's > coach can't believe it was a caution, victim's coach can't believe > it wasn't red. Several other cautions in first half. At halftime, > the referee crew approaches the athletic director and asks him to > deal with the spectators' behavior. He says that he has to position > himself between the benches because he is very concerned that the > coaches will get into a fight, so he can't go deal with the > spectators. The score is 0-0 at this point.
> What, if anything, would you do? (I'll tell you later what was done > and the outcome.)
> Patrick Duffy
the bastard in black