• SPORTSMANSHIP

    It’sEveryone’s Responsibility


    Coaches

    • Always set a goodexample for participants and fans to follow, exemplifying the highest moral andethical behavior.

    • Instructparticipants in proper sportsmanship responsibilities and demand that they makesportsmanship the No. 1 priority.

    • Respect judgment ofcontest officials, abide by rules of the event and display no behavior thatcould incite fans.

    • Treat opposingcoaches, participants and fans with respect. Shake hands with officials and theopposing coach.

    • Develop and enforcepenalties for participants who do not abide by sportsmanship standards.

     

    Participants

    • Treat opponents withrespect. Shake hands prior to and after contests. Do not embarrass, demean,taunt or intimidate your opponent with ridiculing motions, finger pointing ortrash talking.

    • Respect judgment of contest officials,abide by rules of the event and display no behavior that could incite fans.

    • Cooperate withofficials, coaches and fellow participants to conduct a fair contest.

    • Accept seriously theresponsibility and privilege of representing school and community; displaypositive public actions at all times.

    • Live up to the high standard ofsportsmanship established by the coach.

     

    Parents, Other Fans

    • Realize that aticket is a privilege to observe a contest and support high school activities,not a license to verbally assault others or be generally obnoxious.

    • Respect decisionsmade by contest officials.

    • Be an exemplary rolemodel by positively supporting teams in every manner possible, includingcontent of cheers and signs.

    • Applaud duringintroduction of players, coaches and officials.

    • Recognize players’performance with applause, regardless of team.

    • Do not blame theloss of the game on officials, coaches or participants.

     

    • Do not use profanityor displays of anger that draw attention away from the game.

    • Show concern for aninjured player, regardless of team.

    • Encourage surroundingfans to display only sportsmanlike behavior and respect all fans, coaches andparticipants.

    • Treat competition asjust a game.

    • Be a fan, not afanatic.

     

    Spirit Groups

    • Stimulate desiredcrowd response using only positive cheers, signs and praise withoutantagonizing or demeaning opponents.

    • Treat opposingspirit groups and fans with respect.

    • Recognizeoutstanding performances on either side of the playing field or court.

    • Know rules andstrategies of the contest in order to cheer at proper times.

    • Maintain enthusiasmand composure; serve as a role model.

     

    Officials

    • Accept role in anunassuming manner. Showboating and over officiating are not acceptable.

    • Maintain confidenceand poise, controlling contest from start to finish.

    • Know rulesthoroughly and abide by established code of ethics.

    • Shake hands withcoaches of both teams before contest.

    • Never exhibitemotions or argue with participants and coaches when enforcing rules.

     

    School Administrators

    • Develop a programfor teaching and promoting the ideals and fundamentals of good sportsmanshipwithin the school, the league/conference and state.

    • Provide appropriatesupervisory personnel for each interscholastic event.

    • Supportparticipants, coaches and fans that teach and display good sportsmanship.

    • Recognize exemplarybehavior and actively discourage undesirable conduct by participants, coachesand fans.

    • Attend eventswhenever possible.