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Sportsmanship Policy


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 groups

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