A Pathway to Success
Tri – City Schools Sportsmanship Expectations
Board Adopted July 19, 2018
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
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
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.