Athletics & Activities » Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship

PHILOSOPHY OF SPORTSMANSHIP
In the discussion of sportsmanship, ideals that should be stressed include:

Spectators, players and coaches have an obligation to accept the official’s decision without crying, objecting, complaining, arguing or fighting.
Visiting teams and fans are guests and are to be treated accordingly.
The most important objective of all games is to learn to play and cheer hard while being fair to opposing players and treating officials with dignity.
Spectators should cheer and encourage their own team--not boo or discourage opposing players or fans.

Since the athletic situation is meant to be a practical laboratory for life, teachers and coaches should not hesitate to point out examples of good or bad sportsmanship.
When all is said and done, recognize that sportsmanship must be taught just as skills must be taught. The values of athletics come not merely from participation in sports and games. They come when the individual takes time to learn the lessons of life through athletics.
SPORTSMANSHIP CODE FOR THE METRO ALLIANCE CONFERENCE

Cheer positively.
Respect the opposing team and fans.
Learn and understand the rules of the game.
Respect the integrity and judgment of the officials.
Accept victory or defeat with dignity.
Be a fan--not a fanatic.