Attention Students: Student Section

For the first time in several years, student support for Niner basketball is higher than its ever been. The student section is impressive. Its greener. More and more students are turning out. Just last night the entire student section turned against a UNC-CH fan and booted him out. School spirit is way up. This enhances the Halton Arena experience. It electrifies the air. It is a really good thing for fans and the team.

But the student section needs to do better. Oftentimes, the chants are not organized or coordinated. Section 104 will start chanting and 105 will stand there doing nothing. Or the first 2-3 rows start chanting and nobody keeps it up. Heck, we had a Top 100 recruit in the house last night and the student section couldn’t get a chant off. Come on, we can do better than that.

With the increased intensity and soaring school spirit in this program, its time to step it up. Student leaders and Niner Nation Gold need to take the lead and take Halton Arena to the next level.

So many ideas have been passed around…white boards, posters, information sheets being passed around, section leaders, etc. Talk is cheap. No more talking. It’s time for the students to hold a meeting to turn these ideas into a reality. There is no reason why Halton Arena can’t be the best place to witness the best college basketball experience anywhere.

Charlotte Football has taught us that it only takes a small group of people with big dreams to accomplish something great. Students…we need you. It’s time to step up.

There were too many new people who never sit that low before yesterday. The volleyball game gave people a chance to sit where they usually would not. Heck, I even was about 5 rows up from where I normally sit. I think we will get better, it was a lot of students first games also. I’m not sure how crowd turnout will be tomorrow, seems to me like a lot of people don’t realize we have another game. We should be in full swing by Clemson though.

I agree with GL. It was better than the Fifer game, but still needs improvement. With the turnout we have had they can be deadly. Oh, and please! The Nah-nah-nah-nah chant only works when people of the losing team are leaving!! If they are staying there it is POINTLESS!!! I have seen that in the Fifer game and last night.

But please, realize it is good that his is all we have to speak on. Turn out is awesome! Keep it up guys! Halton [B][I]will[/I][/B] be a dangerous place to play in.

I said this in a couple of threads now…Guys if you are gonna get there as early as you guys have been (which is cool btw) just make it organized .
-Bring signs for 104/105, white boards for everybody to see (especially the people above you) and most of all BE LOUD b/c the cheerleaders were louder at some points.

Not just organized, but louder. With that many people, it should be loud in the lower AND upper section. How about the normal 104/105 all sites in the 200s one and see how loud they can make it :o

If we could have the upper sections start to get loud also… Halton would be ridiculously loud and awesome

Why will our Athletic Department not allow the student section to also include the lower sections behind the visitors bench. I realize that those sections were off-limits to students years ago because of an incident directed toward the visitors bench during the time with CUSA. However, isn’t this rule self imposed. We are only hurting ourselves by not putting our students there. What’s the story?

I appreciate the concern, but you guys aren’t doing any good writing this stuff here. The people who need to be louder aren’t on this board. Everyone who visits NNN frequently and attends Niner basketball screams their lungs out on a nearly continuous basis throughout the game. I’ve seen people ask the student section to get louder on NNN for all 4 years I’ve been here. It isn’t a “problem” that can be fixed directly, in my opinion. The only way to get people louder is to get people more excited about our team in general. Saying “Hey, get louder” won’t convince your average student fan up in the 200s (who will never actually see that you said it) to yell.

As for the organization, that comes as the student section gels through the year. It was awful last year, mainly because a good group of NNNites were in 105. Now we’re all in 104, which generally means good things. The 2 main problems is that a lot of people in 105 now aren’t cheering because the majority of people who are predisposed to cheering are in 104 and of course that only 5 people understand the tempo the defense chant is supposed to go to. The volume should pick up as the season rolls on, just like our basketball team should get more cohesive. In fact, sloppy play by the basketball team usually makes it more difficult to get people to cheer because the average fan finds it hard to get excited after the 4th bad jump shot in a row.

The whiteboard/poster idea sounds good, but it just doesnt seem practical to me. The only way it would [I][U]really[/U][/I] make a genuine difference is if you had people strategically planted in the places where cheer disorganization happens. Let me know if you find someone willing to do that. Just holding up signs during chants in 104 isn’t going to make things perceptibly different, I promise you.

Anyway, just my two cents. Right now, what we’ve got is a good core of students and then a whole bunch of people who are either on the fence or just getting their feet wet. Our main job is to show them that being a Niner is something to enjoy an something to be proud of. Everything else will fall into place from there.

Why will our Athletic Department not allow the student section to also include the lower sections behind the visitors bench. I realize that those sections were off-limits to students years ago because of an incident directed toward the visitors bench during the time with CUSA. However, isn't this rule self imposed. We are only hurting ourselves by not putting our students there. What's the story?
1.Our "disagreement" with Cinci in the early days of CUSA led to a conference rule that the first row of seats behind the visitor's bench should remain empty, which made no sense. Why not just let the opposing team use those seats? BTW, I think Huggins complaining led to this rule.
  1. Many teams (including us) will reserve a specified number of seats behind the viisitor’s bench for the visitors, so why not let the visitors use those first row seats?

  2. The other seats in Halton in that section are used for season tickets.

  3. Bonus Info… We have had near skirmishes in that section between Niner fans and the opposing coach’s wife. :shades:

I appreciate the concern, but you guys aren't doing any good writing this stuff here. The people who need to be louder aren't on this board. Everyone who visits NNN frequently and attends Niner basketball screams their lungs out on a nearly continuous basis throughout the game. I've seen people ask the student section to get louder on NNN for all 4 years I've been here. It isn't a "problem" that can be fixed directly, in my opinion. The only way to get people louder is to get people more excited about our team in general. Saying "Hey, get louder" won't convince your average student fan up in the 200s (who will never actually see that you said it) to yell.

As for the organization, that comes as the student section gels through the year. It was awful last year, mainly because a good group of NNNites were in 105. Now we’re all in 104, which generally means good things. The 2 main problems is that a lot of people in 105 now aren’t cheering because the majority of people who are predisposed to cheering are in 104 and of course that only 5 people understand the tempo the defense chant is supposed to go to. The volume should pick up as the season rolls on, just like our basketball team should get more cohesive. In fact, sloppy play by the basketball team usually makes it more difficult to get people to cheer because the average fan finds it hard to get excited after the 4th bad jump shot in a row.

The whiteboard/poster idea sounds good, but it just doesnt seem practical to me. The only way it would really make a genuine difference is if you had people strategically planted in the places where cheer disorganization happens. Let me know if you find someone willing to do that. Just holding up signs during chants in 104 isn’t going to make things perceptibly different, I promise you.

Anyway, just my two cents. Right now, what we’ve got is a good core of students and then a whole bunch of people who are either on the fence or just getting their feet wet. Our main job is to show them that being a Niner is something to enjoy an something to be proud of. Everything else will fall into place from there.

I 2nd the whole thing. I normally sit in sec. 104 but because of the volleyball game I sat in 105 and I can state for a fact that the majority of people in the lower part of 105 were “Door 3” students, because i sat in the 3rd or 4th row in 105 and the people in front of me continuously were talking about the people that normally get door 1 are going to be pissed there are no seats left. Sitting in 105 is hard to actually hear what 104 is chanting (not saying ur not loud enough it just is hard to hear) I have super hearing and was trying to explain to my gf and the guys beside me what cheer we were on. I also tried to help out the couple of times the Luke chant started, but people were like Luke what??? The GREEN…WHITE… cheer I heard a girl beside me say dumbasses it’s GOLD (I think that happened at the exhibition game)…I totally agree it will take time but this isn’t the worst problem Niner Nation’s ever had. We will get it together.

Suggestion: Go to the [B]Duke messageboard[/B] and see if you can get some pointers on how they do it.

1.Our "disagreement" with Cinci in the early days of CUSA led to a conference rule that the first row of seats behind the visitor's bench should remain empty, which made no sense. Why not just let the opposing team use those seats? BTW, I think Huggins complaining led to this rule.
  1. Many teams (including us) will reserve a specified number of seats behind the viisitor’s bench for the visitors, so why not let the visitors use those first row seats?

  2. The other seats in Halton in that section are used for season tickets.

4. Bonus Info… We have had near skirmishes in that section between Niner fans and the opposing coach’s wife. :shades:

Details?

The GREEN....WHITE.... cheer I heard a girl beside me say dumbasses it's GOLD

HILARIOUS!:lmao::lmao::lmao:

Sounds like her heart is in the right place though.

the student section is so terrible at the defense chant. has anyone been to a sporting event, ever? defense chant is one, consistent beat. not let’s say it once really slow and then immediately get as fast as we can until 10 seconds have passed in the shot clock. we’ve got to stop being terrible. the pace DOES NOT CHANGE. watch college football, or listen to any song ever. you change the pace, you lose the crowd, the cheerleaders, the everything… useless chant unless we get it right.

I appreciate the concern, but you guys aren't doing any good writing this stuff here. The people who need to be louder aren't on this board. Everyone who visits NNN frequently and attends Niner basketball screams their lungs out on a nearly continuous basis throughout the game. I've seen people ask the student section to get louder on NNN for all 4 years I've been here. It isn't a "problem" that can be fixed directly, in my opinion. The only way to get people louder is to get people more excited about our team in general. Saying "Hey, get louder" won't convince your average student fan up in the 200s (who will never actually see that you said it) to yell.

As for the organization, that comes as the student section gels through the year. It was awful last year, mainly because a good group of NNNites were in 105. Now we’re all in 104, which generally means good things. The 2 main problems is that a lot of people in 105 now aren’t cheering because the majority of people who are predisposed to cheering are in 104 and of course that only 5 people understand the tempo the defense chant is supposed to go to. The volume should pick up as the season rolls on, just like our basketball team should get more cohesive. In fact, sloppy play by the basketball team usually makes it more difficult to get people to cheer because the average fan finds it hard to get excited after the 4th bad jump shot in a row.

The whiteboard/poster idea sounds good, but it just doesnt seem practical to me. The only way it would really make a genuine difference is if you had people strategically planted in the places where cheer disorganization happens. Let me know if you find someone willing to do that. Just holding up signs during chants in 104 isn’t going to make things perceptibly different, I promise you.

Anyway, just my two cents. Right now, what we’ve got is a good core of students and then a whole bunch of people who are either on the fence or just getting their feet wet. Our main job is to show them that being a Niner is something to enjoy an something to be proud of. Everything else will fall into place from there.

I 2nd the whole thing. I normally sit in sec. 104 but because of the volleyball game I sat in 105 and I can state for a fact that the majority of people in the lower part of 105 were "Door 3" students, because i sat in the 3rd or 4th row in 105 and the people in front of me continuously were talking about the people that normally get door 1 are going to be pissed there are no seats left. Sitting in 105 is hard to actually hear what 104 is chanting (not saying ur not loud enough it just is hard to hear) I have super hearing and was trying to explain to my gf and the guys beside me what cheer we were on. I also tried to help out the couple of times the Luke chant started, but people were like Luke what??? The GREEN....WHITE.... cheer I heard a girl beside me say dumbasses it's GOLD (I think that happened at the exhibition game)....I totally agree it will take time but this isn't the worst problem Niner Nation's ever had. We will get it together.

Sad sad sad.

Every year it’s the same excuses.

I guess we’ll just sit around for the next few years and wait for the next crop of students to step it up and maybe then we’ll think about doing something about it.

Pathetic. All it takes is one meeting. All it takes is some organization. All it takes is a few people. You’re telling me we aren’t capable of doing that? That’s shameful.

[QUOTE=NinerNirvana;360692]Why will our Athletic Department not allow the student section to also include the lower sections behind the visitors bench. I realize that those sections were off-limits to students years ago because of an incident directed toward the visitors bench during the time with CUSA. However, isn’t this rule self imposed. We are only hurting ourselves by not putting our students there. What’s the story?[/QUOTE]
Dude…that’s off the table forever

It almost caused a riot

Looking at TNA’s post I figured it out… TNA mentioned how few are on NNN so the message isn’t getting out. And I have noticed how few noobs we have had this year. We need to make fliers of some sort and put them on every student seat before the game that directs them to NN.N. I think it would be worth it to do this at a few games through the year. Or hand them out at the lines at the gate.

And I have heard this elsewhere and don’t know a good place to post it so I will put it here… What is wrong the the cheerleading coach!?! For years he has tried to change the 40-9ers chant! I think students need to do like before and speed it up while they are doing it and we need to be emailing him. It is ridiulous and sounds so cheesy.

A lil organization would be good, but I remember it is very hard to do. I remember being frustrated towards the start of the season, because all the different uncoordinated chanting. It got better, but IIRC, alot of it had to do with NNN people spread out. Scotty of course holding down the back!!

It’ll get there fella’s, a couple more games, and its there!

[QUOTE=TheNinerAlchemist;360720]Details?[/QUOTE]
Nah, it was just a simple verbal cat fight betwen two women. The coach’s wife was “slightly” intoxicated and called the female 49er fan CLASSLESS. :cool: The coach’s wife was escorted elsewhere by a donor from that school. Still funny today to recall it.

I will not mention names since she occasionally posts here and is bearing a future Niner. However her other half does post regularly on NNN.

One time an NCSU volleyball coach’s husband came over to beat us up… we laughed at him…

[QUOTE=ninerball49;360751]the student section is so terrible at the defense chant. has anyone been to a sporting event, ever? defense chant is one, consistent beat. not let’s say it once really slow and then immediately get as fast as we can until 10 seconds have passed in the shot clock. we’ve got to stop being terrible. the pace DOES NOT CHANGE. watch college football, or listen to any song ever. you change the pace, you lose the crowd, the cheerleaders, the everything… useless chant unless we get it right.[/QUOTE]

THANK YOU!!! I am in 104 and that chant pisses me off when we do it. It speeds up in 5 seconds and is already dead. I agree it needs to be a slow steady chant and then maybe speed it up when the shot clock is getting low.