Sportsmanship and Spectator Policies

Sportsmanship Policies for Athletes

  • Learn and understand the rules of your sport. Play hard, play to win, but play fairly within the rules.
  • Maintain self-control. Do not allow your temper to distract you from the fundamentals of good sportsmanship.
  • Respect your opponent. Never taunt. Congratulate him or her at the game’s end. Acknowledge good play.
  • Respect the integrity and judgment of officials. Never question the decision of officials.
  • Be an example for your school, teammates, and opponents.


  • A player who is disqualified from a contest for un-sportsman-like behavior by an official is prohibited from playing in the next regularly scheduled contest.
  • A player who strikes or otherwise physically assaults an official will be subject to an extended suspension from athletic competition. A physical confrontation with an official is any incident which a player strikes, bumps, or otherwise physically intimidates an official prior to, during or after a contest or game.

Conduct Policies for Spectators

  • Spectators are an important part of the games and are encouraged to conform to accepted standards of good sportsmanship and behavior.
  • Spectators should at all times respect officials, visiting coaches, players, and cheerleaders as guest in the community and extend all courtesies to them.
  • Enthusiastic cheering for one’s own team is encouraged.
  • Booing, whistling, stamping of the feet, and disrespectful remarks shall be avoided.
  • There is no ringing of bells, sounds of horns at indoor contest during play. Anyone who does not abide by this rule will be asked to leave the premise.
  • Pep bands or school bands, under the supervision of school personnel, may play during time-outs, between periods, or at half-time. Bands must coordinate play so as not to interfere with a cheerleading squad on the floor or field.
  • The throwing of debris, confetti, or other objects from stands is prohibited. Offending individuals will be asked to leave the premises.
  • During a free throw in basketball, all courtesies should be extended.
  • Spectators should encourage each other to observe courteous behavior. Improper behavior should be reported to the school authorities.
  • Spectators will observe the rules of local school concerning smoking, food and drink consumption, littering and parking.
  • Spectators will respect and obey all school officials and supervisors at athletic events.


Good sportsmanship is as much a part of the game as scoring and if you are unable to conduct yourself accordingly, you will be asked to leave the contest.