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National Anthem Etiquette

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I don't consider myself a zealot (of course most zealots don't) but I have noticed an alarming trend when it comes to the playing of the National Anthem before games. Many schools (including the school I support) don't even have their players out of the locker room to participate. At last night's away game both teams were on the floor for the Anthem but I noticed only one player from our team covering his heart with his hand and no one from the opposing team. A quick glance at the cheerleaders revealed the usual "team pose"--only the host school's cheerleaders didn't cover their hearts with their hands but rather made a fist that was held six inches or so away from their chests, elbow out--more reminiscent of Nazi Germany than America's Heartland.

Is this just a local phenomenon or is the trend more widespread? I think we're missing a wonderful opportunity to teach our youth principles of proper respect and national pride.

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I'm not overly concerned how people show respect during the national anthem, as long as they show respect. And take their hats off.

What bugs me just as bad is when people or bands turn the Star Spangled Banner into some R&B or hip-hop song and make it look like a circus opening. Just sing or play the dang thing like it's supposed to be. That's disrespect IMO. And I HATE it.

FWIW, I usually stand with both hands behind my back.

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We never use to be out during the national anthem at Warsaw. After 9-11, we came out before every game. I was taught at a young age to put my hand over my heart, and will teach that same thing to my son. I don't have a problem with people putting their hands behind their back during it, but I get really upset when people are talking around me during it. Yes, I was that kid in middle school that went off on kids for talking during the national anthem before games.

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Most games I have been to teams are out and standing at attention respecting the Anthem and the Flag of our country.

Some place their hands over their heart and other do not.

I personally feel it is ok for HS bands or singers to interepret the Star Spangled Banner in their own way with due respect.

Some love the interpretation Jimi Hendrix did of the National Anthem. Some hated it.

I like others am bothered by those that continue to walk around, talk, and eat while it is playing.

If you remain silent and stand that should suffice though not totally within the standards.

Here is the US Code 301 that governs proper etiquette during the playing of the National Anthem:

http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/36C3.txt

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Thank you Enjoying Basketball for the link---I always put my hands behind my back, but starting tonight my right hand will be over my heart.

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I ALWAYS stand at attention with my right hand over my heart.

CG's student section sings the national anthem before home games. Not well, mind you, but I like that they are singing it.

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Our coach makes our players put their right foot on the baseline, and put their right hand over their heart.

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I don't consider myself a zealot (of course most zealots don't) but I have noticed an alarming trend when it comes to the playing of the National Anthem before games. Many schools (including the school I support) don't even have their players out of the locker room to participate. At last night's away game both teams were on the floor for the Anthem but I noticed only one player from our team covering his heart with his hand and no one from the opposing team. A quick glance at the cheerleaders revealed the usual "team pose"--only the host school's cheerleaders didn't cover their hearts with their hands but rather made a fist that was held six inches or so away from their chests, elbow out--more reminiscent of Nazi Germany than America's Heartland.

Is this just a local phenomenon or is the trend more widespread? I think we're missing a wonderful opportunity to teach our youth principles of proper respect and national pride.

Many/most football teams are not out during the anthem...basketball shouldn't be any different. On that point why are anthems before the varsity game and not the JV game?

Nothing Anti-American about not being on the court.

Covering your heart is a personal choice. Cheerleaders I've seen typically salute the same way you've mentioned. America is special, because it respects individual choices. Please don't infringe those.

You're really overthinking it. So long as people aren't disrespectful during the anthem MYOB.

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You're really overthinking it.

And I respect your right to underthink it.

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i dont think standing with your hands behind your back is disrespectful. people talking,texting,giggling, do irk me. the only words coming out of anyones mouth at that time should be the words to the song(regardless how bad a person sings) . i too have wondered why it isnt done before the jv game. honestly if you dont want to respect the flag,come in a few minutes later.

people have given their lives to ensure we have the right to be free. respect the flag for that is what it truly represents.

Edited by jhswildcat79

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If a place has an issue with teams not being out for the anthem, save it for immediately before introductions. Otherwise, I don't really see it as offensive. Teams "go down" at the same time every game, and if the anthem comes before they are back I don't really see them as unpatriotic. It's all about how it's run. I was at the scorer's table with Trinity Lutheran for years and no team ever missed the anthem because it was immediately preceding starting line-up announcements. We can't force patriotism on people, but you can pretty much ensure them taking part in the anthem if you put it in the right order prior to the game.

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In regard to what DONTH8 said at the beginning, well it was very understandable that no one participated. It seemed to go on and on and on. Goshen decided to not only play the national anthem, but to play God Bless America before that. I love America and all, but c'mon after the 5 minutes of song playing before the game, the kids almost had to warm up again. Stick to the National Anthem, like every other school I've been to. I know it sounds terrible and I don't really know a good way to say it either, but it was just a tad bit too much.

Oh and their flag placement was kind of odd as well. I was right under it, so it was kind of weird feeling like everyone in the entire gym was looking directly at me!

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When Ben Davis played Warren Central a few weeks ago, a young man in the upper part of the gymnasium was making a fool out of himself singing wildly and clearly poorly on purpose during the National Anthem. BD Football Coach Mike Kirschner went up after the anthem, sat down next to the young man, and they had a discussion. I thought it was a good "teachable moment" and I salute Coach Kirschner for taking care of the situation.

By the way, it was not a Ben Davis football player or an identifiable person for either school.

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I don't consider myself a zealot (of course most zealots don't) but I have noticed an alarming trend when it comes to the playing of the National Anthem before games. Many schools (including the school I support) don't even have their players out of the locker room to participate. At last night's away game both teams were on the floor for the Anthem but I noticed only one player from our team covering his heart with his hand and no one from the opposing team. A quick glance at the cheerleaders revealed the usual "team pose"--only the host school's cheerleaders didn't cover their hearts with their hands but rather made a fist that was held six inches or so away from their chests, elbow out--more reminiscent of Nazi Germany than America's Heartland.

Is this just a local phenomenon or is the trend more widespread? I think we're missing a wonderful opportunity to teach our youth principles of proper respect and national pride.

Amen Brother! Without a doubt we are missing an opportunity to teach our young minds some simple respect and patriotism. I am guilty of putting my hands behind back and bowing my head as the anthem overwhelmes me with feelings of grattiude and reflection ended with a simple prayer for the players safety. Those around me should be grateful I don't sing. Starting tonight I will have my right hand over my heart .

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I agree with being proud and respectful during the anthem, but I hope this carries on to our everyday lives.

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There is one school that Orleans goes to that plays the Anthem when the teams are in the locker room but our coach makes sure that we come out on the court during the playing.

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