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Sportsmanship Reminders
SPORTSMANSHIP
ACTIONS are to be FOR, not against; POSITIVE, not negative or disrespectful!!
 
BE COURTEOUS TO ALL
Desirable Behavior -- Cheerleaders' "Welcome/Good Luck" yells to opposing fans/cheerleaders, combined yells by cheer squads to the entire crowd, opposing coaches and players shaking hands after the game; applause during introduction of players, coaches and officials; players shaking hand of opponents fouling out while both sets of fans recognize player's performance with applause; showing concern for an injured player; respectfully addressing officials during competition and thanking them for their performance; host school extend hospitality to visiting players, coaches, cheerleaders and fans.
Unacceptable Behavior -- Fans reading newspapers, turning their backs, making disrespectful actions with introduction of opponents; yelling, waving, etc., during opponent's free throws; derogatory yells, chants, songs, gestures including "good-bye," "air ball," "you, you, you," "what's the score?" "warm up the bus" and other such expressions.
 
KNOW THE RULES, ABIDE BY AND RESPECT THE OFFICIALS' DECISIONS
Desirable Behavior -- Utilize every opportunity to promote understanding of the contest rules within the school and community; players utilize the team captain or coach for clarification of the call; accept the decisions of the officials; cheerleaders lead fans in yells in a positive manner; cooperate with the news media in interpretation of the rules.
Unacceptable Behavior -- Booing/heckling an official's decision; criticizing the merits of officiating; displays of temper and arguing with an official's call; derogatory remarks toward the official.
 
WIN WITH CHARACTER AND LOSE WITH DIGNITY
Desirable Behavior -- Handshakes between opposing players and coaches at end of contest, regardless of outcome; opposing players, coaches and fans engaging in friendly conversations before and following contest; treating competition as a game, not a war; applause at end of contest for performance of all players.
Unacceptable Behavior -- Yells that antagonize your opponents, when you feel you have won the game; refusing to shake hands or give recognition to winner or good performance; blame loss on officials, coaching, individual players or other rationalizations; victory celebration on the playing surface.
 
DISPLAY APPRECIATION FOR GOOD PERFORMANCE REGARDLESS OF THE TEAM
Desirable Behavior -- Coach/players search opposing participants to recognize them for outstanding performance or coaching; all fans recognize an outstanding participant's performance by applause, regardless of its impact on the contest; discuss outstanding performance of opponent with visiting and home fans.
Unacceptable Behavior -- Laughing, pointing finger, name calling or taunting opponents in an attempt to distract; to degrade an excellent performance by opponents.
 
EXERCISE SELF-CONTROL AND REFLECT POSITIVELY UPON YOURSELF, TEAM & SCHOOL
Desirable Behavior -- Support the activity by learning school yells and displaying total unity as fans following the cheerleaders lead.
Unacceptable Behavior -- Displays of anger, boasting, use of profanity, bouncing beach balls, antics which draw attention to you instead of the contest; doing own yells, instead for following cheerleaders lead; doing unsportsmanlike yells and gesture, such as "you, you, you!" while pointing finger at fouling opponent.
 
PERMIT ONLY POSITIVE BEHAVIOR TO REFLECT ON YOU TEAM
Desirable Behavior -- Positively encourage those around you to display only sportsmanlike conduct; report poor sportsmanship to school principal; principals insist that sportsmanship is a priority; principals help coaches to teach, model and reinforce good sportsmanship; recognize coaches for sportsmanlike conduct; coaches will play squad members who exhibit positive sportsmanship; principals will take appropriate action to ensure proper behavior.
Unacceptable Behavior -- Unwillingness of fans, players, coaches and administrators to get involved and take a stand to defend one of the main tenets of school activities -- the teaching and promotion of --
S P O R T S M A N S H I P !