Code of Conduct at Sporting Events
spectators, coaches, and players are asked to demonstrate the highest
standards of conduct and sportsmanship throughout athletic events.
Therefore, spectators are expected to refrain from negative cheering,
booing, or taunting towards players, coaches, and officials. Fans are
encouraged , however, to support their team in a positive and wholesome
The Fundamentals of Sportsmanship
and its member schools are strongly emphasizing the importance of GOOD
SPORTSMANSHIP. The one thing we need to realize is that many people have
not had GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP explained to them. Hopefully the following
will help everyone to understand their responsibilities at an athletic
- GAIN AN UNDERSTANDING AND APPRECIATION FOR THE RULES OF THE CONTEST.
The necessity to be well informed is essential. Know the rules. If you
are uninformed, refrain from expressing opinions on officials, coaches,
or administrative decisions. The spirit of GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP depends on
conformance to a rule's intent as well as to the letter of a given
- EXERCISE REPRESENTATIVE BEHAVIOR AT ALL TIMES. A
prerequisite to good sportsmanship requires one to understand his/her
own prejudices that may become a factor in his/her behavior. The true
value of interscholastic competition relies upon everyone exhibiting
behavior which is representative of a sound value base. A proper
perspective must be maintained if the educational values are to be
realized. Your behavior influences others whether you are aware of it or
- RECOGNIZE AND APPRECIATE SKILLED PERFORMANCES REGARDLESS OF AFFILIATION.
Applause for an opponent's good performance displays generosity and is a
courtesy that should be regularly practiced. This not only represents
GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP but reflects a true awareness of the game by
recognizing and acknowledging quality.
- EXHIBIT RESPECT FOR THE OFFICIALS.
The officials of any contest are impartial arbitrators who are trained
and who perform to the best of their ability. Mistakes by all those
involved in the contest are a part of the game. We should not
rationalize our own poor or unsuccessful performance or behavior by
placing responsibility on an official. The rule of GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP is
to accept and abide by the decision made. This value is critical for
students to learn for later application in life.
- DISPLAY OPENLY A RESPECT FOR THE OPPONENT AT ALL TIME.
Opponents are guests and should be treated cordially, provided with the
best accommodations, and accorded tolerance at all times. Be a positive
representative for your school, team, or family. This fundamental is
the Golden Rule in action.
- DISPLAY PRIDE IN YOUR ACTIONS AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY.
Never allow your ego to interfere with good judgment and your
responsibility as a school representative. Regardless of whether you are
an adult, student, athlete, coach, or official, this value is paramount
since it suggests that you care about yourself and how others perceive
"SPORTSMANSHIP: THE ONLY MISSING PIECE IS YOU!"
school and middle school students must be in school by 8:50 am in order
to participate in a sports activity that day. Exception: doctor's
appointment with note from doctor.
regulations prevent students from playing in a sport if the student has
two (2) or more "F's" in academic subjects. Each coach may be stricter
than this for his/her sport. Read the rules the coach gives you.