For fans at a basketball game, there are few sights as satisfying
as a rival player’s shot sailing cleanly beyond the rim and
The crowd might erupt into an almost giddy chant: “Air ball!”
But not at high school games in Wisconsin, if athletic officials
have their way.
Citing a rise in taunting by students, the Wisconsin
Interscholastic Athletic Association sent an email to school
leaders across the state in December that said in part, “Student
groups, school administrators and event managers should take
immediate steps to correct this unsporting behavior.”
It listed examples of “air ball,” “scoreboard,” “fundamentals,”
“season’s over” and “there’s a net there,” among other chants that
the association frowned upon.