Every high school in Colorado likes to think they have the best student fans. Many schools also have designated Super Fans who run their fan section. These Super Fans lead the cheers at sporting events and often are the ones who get the entire crowd hyped and involved. In order to do this the Super Fans, themselves, must be energetic and excited. “To get hype before each game, it all comes from within my mentality,” senior Ryan Crothers explains. The Super Fans of these high schools have many different tasks that they much achieve at each and every sporting event. One of these tasks is working together with another group of students (at Chaparral this group is Red Blue Crew) to create cheers for the student section to do. “Cheers usually are picked moments before we do them so it’s usually an on the spot thing,” senior Charlie Beller states, “we all discuss it and then someone just does it.” Colorado High School Activities Association, also known as CHSAA, has created a contest to see which high school truly has the best Super Fans who get their student section the most rowdy. #BackMyTeam is a way for high schools to be recognized for their efforts of getting their student body engaged at games. This was created to encourage the support for sports teams and good sportsmanship in high school athletics. In order to enter the competition, the school administration or team account must post a photo, video, or both on Twitter using the hashtag and tag the official CHSAA account. If the post is from a personal account, the post will not be entered into the contest. This competition is held seasonally. This means that fall sports, winter sports, and spring sports are in separate competitions for the finest supporters. Each winner will be recognized at some of the biggest sporting events of the season and will also obtain an award for their athletic department. The fall winners will be announced at the 4A/5A football championships on December 2, after a week-long voting poll of the top 3 student sections. The top school of the winter competition will be broadcasted to the public at the state basketball game on March 10th. The victors of the spring season will be recognized at the state track race, which occurs on May 19. For more information about contest dates and details visit http://chsaanow.com/backmyteam/ or http://chsaanow.com/2017-08-24/chsaa-launches-backmyteam-sportsmanship-school-spirit-contest-student-sections/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter . These websites also have all polling dates as well as general information. In order to end up on top in this competition, the school must stand apart from all others. “I think what makes Chap’s student section different is that Chap has students that love their student athletes,” senior Ally Schlegel describes, “they love being at games, they love our school, they love getting hype, they love everything about it and that just makes the experience so much better considering everyone is truly enjoying the moments we get at sporting events.” With the long road ahead, and this competition just beginning, Colorado high schools are continuously battling for the title of the greatest Super Fans in the state.
Story by Paige Wiebelhaus