Wear a mask, keep kids on field

When you get into a car, you buckle your seat belt, don’t you.

For the vast majority of drivers, that is done for two reasons — it makes us safer, but it also keeps us from receiving a citation and fine.

We don’t give it a second thought. It is smart and it is the law — and following that law lets us keep driving without fear of penalty.

Why, then, do so many have a problem following the rules when it comes to wearing masks at school sporting events in Ohio?

Forget for a moment that wearing a mask is simply the right thing to do in terms of common sense and common decency — it is also what keeps those sporting events possible for our kids.

“This rule has been in effect since we were told we could play,” said Marietta City Schools Athletic Director Cody Venderlic. “Everyone that came through (ticketing for a Marietta at Logan 8th grade football game Wednesday evening) was reminded. We had regular announcements over the PA reminding you that mouths and noses needed to be covered and we had signs at the bathrooms.”

Simple enough, right?

“The governor and the (Ohio) health department have made it very clear that masks are required indoor and outdoor at sports facilities. They’re just part of the expectation,” Venderlic added. ” … if we’re going to be able to have fall sports we’re going to have to social distance and we’re going to have to wear masks.”

It is a shame to note athletic directors at other school districts are prepared for visiting fans to behave badly at events scheduled this season.

“I’m grateful that it didn’t happen in Marietta, but it saddens me that it was Marietta that caused it in Logan,” said Venderlic, referring to an situation in which a MCS parent allegedly resisted arrest over an incident that reportedly began when she was asked to put on her mask. “As athletic directors, we’ve talked about this too and the biggest challenge about dealing with visiting fans is people behave much better at home than when they’re on the road.”

How sad. Some fans should know better.

If you need more reason than given above, how about the example you are setting for your kids; and the impression you are making throughout this region of Ohio?

Those kids just want to be able to play ball this year. Most parents just want to be able to watch them do it.

Don’t be the reason they can’t.Wear a mask, keep kids on field


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