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Sportsmanship Policy

Tri – City Schools Sportsmanship Expectations

Board Adopted July 19, 2018

Athletes’ Responsibilities

  • Live up to the standards of sportsmanship established by the school and coaches

  • Display modesty in victory and graciousness in defeat

  • Avoid excessive celebrating after a play or end of a contest

  • Learn and follow the rules of the game and share this knowledge with parents and fans to

       help them have a better understanding and appreciation of the game

  • Respect your opponents and treat them the way you would wish to be treated, as a guest or friend

  • Respect the integrity and judgment of the game officials and avoid public criticism of game

       officials; accept the decision of contest officials

  • Remember there is a difference between gamesmanship and sportsmanship; try not to push

       the limits of the rules to gain an advantage in competition; refrain from taunting, or making                  derogatory remarks to your opponents

  •  Wish opponents good luck before the game and congratulate them in a sincere manner

        following either victory or defeat


Parent Responsibilities

  • Understand the purpose of educational athletics and that school sports are about kids

       learning and having fun; they are not about attempting to earn a college athletic scholarship

  • Don’t live your life through your child’s activities - this is the student’s time

  • Accept all decisions of officials

  • Applaud during the introduction of players, coaches, and officials

  • Make your cheers supportive and not instructions as to how to play

  • Be a positive role model through your own actions by remaining calm and composed during

      games - there is enough pressure on kids to perform as it is and your added pressure from

      reacting to mistakes they make, being critical and negative, and your high emotions create

      unneeded stress and take away from the fun of the game


Spectator Responsibilities

  • Observe the contest and do not verbally assault others

  • Remember that you are at the contest to support your team and enjoy the competition, not to

       intimidate or ridicule the other team, fans, or officials

  • Remember that interscholastic activities are an extension of the classroom and a learning

      experience for students and that mistakes are sometimes made; praise student - athletes in

      their attempt to improve themselves

  • Learn the rules of the game so that you may understand the game and appreciate the effort

     of the participants

  • Avoid criticism of game officials and sideline coaching which detracts from the performance

      of the student athletes; understand that the officials are doing their best

  • Recognize and show appreciation for outstanding play by either team

  • Refrain from taunting or making any kind of derogatory remarks to your opponents during

      the game, especially comments of ethnic, racial or sexual nature

  • Show respect for the opposing players, coaches, spectators and support group                          


Code of Conduct for Parents and Spectators

Parents, spectators, both students and adults, are an important and integral part of all athletic events.  Spectators serve to validate the positive values earned through athletic experiences, and to support the efforts and successes of the athletes.

Attending an athletic event means the spectator has assumed a responsibility for proper representation of Tri-City School District.  Unfortunately, on occasion, the excesses of spectator behavior can unnecessarily taint the activities at an athletic event.

At athletic events, it is inappropriate for spectators to engage in:

               *harassment of game officials       *verbal abuse                       *vandalism

               *throwing objects                           *walking on the gym floor   *obscenity or obscene gestures

               *possession or use of alcohol       *using illegal substances   *violence of any type

               *any other behavior in which the administration deems as inappropriate

Consequences for Inappropriate Behavior 

Spectators may or may not be warned for inappropriate behavior depending on the severity ofthe behavior.

1)  At the stage where the spectator is not adhering to the warning, they will be asked to leave the event and off of school property (for both home and away events). If the spectator fails to leave the event, law enforcement will be called to remove the spectator from the event. If law enforcement is called to remove a spectator, the spectator will be suspended for the entire school year in all events involving Tri-City Schools (including all co-op sports).

2)  An ejection of a parent/spectator from any event (home or away) involving Tri-City schools will be suspended based on the following guidelines.


  • 1st Ejection – Parent/Spectator will be suspended for the next two games/events in that activity regardless of location.                   


  • 2nd Ejection – Parent/Spectator will be suspended for the remainder of the school year for all games/events involving Tri-City Schools (including all co-op sports)

3) Any and all dealings with parents/spectators/coaches/athletes concerning inappropriate behavior will be documented. Continual incidents of inappropriate behavior could lead to suspension from games/activities.


These rules are in effect at both home and away contests for Tri-City School District athletes, spectators and parents.  

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