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NDHSAA Moves to Prevent Fans From Storming Court

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For many young sports fans, it's a memory you're not likely to forget: your team wins and everyone around you races onto the court.

But, now, fewer fans will have that memory.

That's thanks to a decision by the North Dakota High School Activities Association.

On the surface, it sounds like the ruling is banning fans from storming the court, but that's not necessarily the goal.

The Activities Association voted today fans must be seated in bleachers in all regional and state games.

So, no floor seating and no sideline cheering.

It's part of the idea that the farther off the court officials can keep fans, the more they can prevent them from storming the court, which was the result at this year's high school state basketball championship when fans rushed to the players after the boy's team won.

It all lead to some bruised knees and bloody noses.

For students, that was a moment to remember. For activities directors, it was a safety concern.

"I think that's kind of every team's dream to have their whole student body running out after a game so I think that would be bad for a lot of the players and the students that came to watch their team win," Mackenzie Maccormick, a cheerleader at Shanley, said.

"You know, when kids are standing right on the edge of the court the safety factor for the students fans as well as the athletes. I mean, at any time, an athlete can dive off the court for a loose ball, hit a fan, they get hurt, etc," Randy Nelson, Activities Director at Shanley, said.

The new ordinance is aimed mainly at cutting down some of the taunting from rivalry fans getting too close to the action.

They say it should help promote healthier sportsmanship at big games.

It will go into effect this fall.

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