Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity in High School Activities
Expectations of COACHES, DIRECTORS AND SPONSORS
- Always set a good example for participants and fans to follow, exemplifying the highest moral and ethical behavior.
- Instruct participants in proper sportsmanship responsibilities and demand that they make sportsmanship and ethics the No. 1 priority.
- Respect judgment of contest officials, abide by rules of the event and display no behavior that could incite fans.
- Treat opposing coaches, directors, participants and fans with respect. Shake hands with officials, opposing coach in public.
- Develop and enforce penalties for participants who do not abide by sportsmanship standards.
Expectations of STUDENT PARTICIPANTS
- Treat teammates with respect.
- Treat opponents with respect: shake hands prior to and after contests.
- Respect judgment of contest officials, abide by rules of the contest and display no behavior that could incite fans.
- Cooperate with officials, coaches or directors and fellow participants to conduct a fair contest.
- Accept seriously the responsibility and privilege of representing school and community; display positive public action at all times.
- Live up to high standard of sportsmanship established by coach or director.
Expectations of PARENTS, STUDENTS and OTHER FANS or AUDIENCE MEMBERS
- Realize that a ticket is a privilege to observe a contest and support high school activities, not a license to verbally assault others or to be generally obnoxious.
- Respect decisions made by contest officials.
- Be an exemplary role model by positively supporting teams in every manner possible, including content of cheers and signs.
- Respect fans, coaches, directors and participants. BE A FAN … NOT A FANATIC.
Expectations of SPIRIT GROUPS
- Stimulate desired crowd response using only positive cheers, signs and praise without antagonizing or demeaning opponents.
- Treat opposing spirit groups and fans with respect.
- Recognize outstanding performances on either side of the playing field or court.
- Know rules and strategies of the contest in order to cheer at proper times.
- Maintain enthusiasm and composure, serving as a role model.
Expectations of OFFICIALS, JUDGES and ADJUDICATORS
- Accept role in an unassuming manner. Showboating and overofficiating are not acceptable.
- Maintain confidence and poise, controlling contest from start to finish.
- Know rules thoroughly and abide by established Code of Ethics.
- Publicly shake hands with coaches of both teams before an athletic contest.
- Never exhibit emotions or argue with participants and coaches when enforcing rules.
Expectations of PUBLIC-ADDRESS ANNOUNCERS
- Treat visiting and home teams comparably.
- Consistently display neutrality during contest.
- Offer no personal comments or criticism of players, officials or coaches.
SUGGESTIONS FOR TICKET WINDOW-ADMISSION GATE DISPLAY
- In the game or in the stands, BE A GOOD SPORT.
- At today's contest, BE A FAN, NOT A FANATIC..
- Be a good audience member.
- Applause during introduction of players, coaches and officials.
- Players shaking hands with opponent who fouls out while both sets of fans recognize player’s performance with applause.
- Accept all decisions of officials.
- Cheerleaders lead fans in positive school yells in positive manner.
- Handshakes between participants and coaches at end of contest, regardless of outcome.
- Treat competition as a game, not a war.
- Coaches, players search out opposing participants to recognize them for outstanding performance or coaching.
- Applause at end of contest for performances of all participants.
- Everyone showing concern for injured player, regardless of team.
- Encourage surrounding people to display only sportsmanlike conduct.
- During the National Anthem, students, participants and fans should remove any hats, face the flag, not talk, place right hand on the heart, and remain still until the end of the anthem.
- During the National Anthem, when singing, follow the music and lyrics precisely.
- Yelling or waving arms during opponent’s free-throw attempt.
- Disrespectful or derogatory yells, chants, songs or gestures.
- Booing or heckling an official's decision.
- Criticizing officials in any way; displays of temper with an official’s call.
- Yells that antagonize opponents.
- Refusing to shake hands or give recognition for good performances.
- Blaming losses on officials, judges, coaches or participants.
- Laughing or name-calling to distract an opponent. Use of profanity or displays of anger that draw attention away from the game or activity.
- Doing own yells instead of following lead of cheerleaders.
WAYS TO PROMOTE GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP
- Develop code of conduct and enforce it.
- Develop sportsmanship awards program and honor those individuals who exhibit outstanding sportsmanship, ethics and integrity.
- Hold preseason meeting and assemblies before contests to encourage students to exhibit proper conduct.
- Display message on good sportsmanship throughout school hallways and in gymnasium or on playing field.
- Conduct clinics for parents and others to discuss playing and contest rules, ethics and good sportsmanship.