Decatur County Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

2431B - SPORTSMANSHIP EXPECTATIONS

In keeping with Board policy and the concerns of the High School Athletic Association, the following behaviors are expected of each group as that group fulfills its role in providing for an athletic program that is based on exemplary sportsmanship.

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS are expected to:

Provide appropriate supervisory personnel for each interscholastic event.

EACH COACH is expected to:

 

A.

Exemplify the highest moral character, behavior, and leadership, adhering to strong ethical and integrity standards. Practicing good citizenship is practicing good sportsmanship!

   
 

B.

Describe and define respectful and disrespectful behavior. Stress that disrespectful behavior, especially taunting, trash talking, and intimidation, will not be tolerated.

   
 

C.

Set a good example for players and spectators to follow.

   
 

D.

Shake hands with the officials and the opposing coaches before and after the contest in full view of the public and demand the same of his/her players.

   
 

E.

Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials.

     
 

The officials are doing their best to help promote athletics and the student athlete. Treating them with respect, even if you disagree with their judgment, will only make a positive impression of you and your team in the eyes of all people at the event.

 
   
 

F.

Be no party to the use of profanity or obscene language, or improper actions.

EACH STUDENT-ATHLETE is expected to:

 

A.

Accept and understand the seriousness of his/her responsibility, and the privilege of representing the school, Corporation, and community.

   
 

B.

Live up to the standards of sportsmanship established by the school administration and the coaching staff.

   
 

C.

Refrain from taunting, trash talking, and making any kind of derogatory remarks to opponents during the game, especially comments of ethnic, racial, or sexual nature.

   
 

D.

Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials.

     
 

The officials are doing their best to help promote athletes and the sport. Treating them with respect, even if the athlete disagrees with their judgment, will only make a positive impression of the athlete and the team in the eyes of the officials and all the people at the event.

 

EACH CHEERLEADER is expected to:

 

A.

Understand the seriousness and responsibility of his/her role, and the privilege of representing the school, Corporation, and community.

   
 

B.

Use discretion in selecting the times to cheer. Give the opposing school the same amount of time the school's squad would want in performing cheers, and treat opposing players like the school's team is treated.

   
 

C.

Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials.

     
 

Treating them with respect, even if the cheerleader disagrees with their judgment, will only make a positive impression of the team, the squad, and community in the eyes of the officials and all at the event.

 

MEMBERS OF OTHER STUDENT GROUPS (PEP CLUB, BAND) are expected to:

 

A.

Treat opposing players, coaches, spectators, and support groups with respect and enthusiasm.

   
 

B.

Refrain from taunting or making any kind of derogatory remarks to opponents during the game, especially comments of ethnic, racial, or sexual nature.

   
 

C.

Conduct themselves in an exemplary manner, remembering they represent the school both home and away.

   
 

D.

Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials.

     
 

Treating them with respect, even if disagreeing with their judgment, will only make a positive impression of the group, the team, and community in the eyes of all people at the event.

 

EACH SPECTATOR is expected to:

 

A.

Remember that s/he is at a contest to support and yell for the team and to enjoy the skill and competition; not to intimidate or ridicule the other team and its fans.

   
 

B.

Remember that a ticket to a school athletic event is a privilege to observe the contest, not a license to verbally assault others and be generally obnoxious.

   
 

C.

Refrain from taunting or making any kind of derogatory remarks to the opponents during the game, especially comments of ethnic, racial, or sexual nature.

   
 

D.

Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials. Understand that they are doing their best to help promote the student-athlete, and admire their willingness to participate in full view of the public.

THE PUBLIC ADDRESS ANNOUNCER is expected to:

 

A.

Use proper language at all times.

   
 

B.

Be aware of the entire venue so that calm directions can be given in an emergency.

     
 

Serious situations can be avoided if the announcer will caution the crowd against coming onto the playing surface, throwing things, and the like.

 
   
 

C.

Permit no one to use the microphone (especially coaches during the game), except those in charge of the event and/or by design of those in charge of the event.

   
 

D.

Be responsible for whatever is said over the p.a. system.

© Neola 2010