RATHDRUM, Idaho (CBS Seattle) — Parents were sent to the “penalty box” for cheering for their children during an Idaho basketball game.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports that parents were penalized for cheering on “Silent Cheer Day,” a day designated by the Rathdrum Parks and Recreation Department in an effort to get spectators to not spout negative remarks to players or referees.

“It’s really thinking outside the box,” Rathdrum Parks and Recreation director Lance Bridges told the Press. “It’s something we discovered in other areas and they found it to be a really successful idea.”

Some parents, though, could not control their cheering.

“My daughter made a free throw, I had to shout,” parent Cherish Hansen, who was sent to the “penalty box” for the outburst, told the Press.

Hansen continued: “It reminds me of when I put my kids in timeout. Now I know how it feels.”

Grandmother Lorna Allen said it is really hard not to cheer during her granddaughter’s game.



“We’re a very vocal group,” Allen told the Press. “Nobody had ever heard of this before. I thought, ‘I’m going to get thrown out right off the bat.’”

Referees Gavin Whitesitt, 17, and Brett Webb, 18 said they handed out 15 penalties for the several games played at Lakeland Junior High School on Saturday.

“Most are pretty cooperative, but don’t really agree with the whole system,” Webb told the Press. “This is kind of a trial thing that we’ve decided to do. What the focus is, is to try to have the players be more relaxed, and feel less pressure and so they can hear their coaches a little bit better.”

The parents that were penalized were given a red card and were put in the “penalty box” for one minute.

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