Fundamentals of Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship Reveals Character regardless of the final outcome.

Gain an Understanding and Appreciation for the Rules of the Contest
Being well informed is essential. Know the rules. If you are not knowledgeable about the rules, refrain from expressing opinions on decisions made by officials, coaches, and administrators.

Exercise Representative Behavior at All Times
The true value of interscholastic competition relies upon everyone exhibiting behavior which is representative of a sound value base. Your behavior influences others whether you are aware of it or not.

Exhibit Respect for the Officials
The officials of any contest are trained, impartial arbitrators who perform to the best of their ability. Mistakes by all those involved are a part of every contest. We should not rationalize our own poor or unsuccessful behavior by placing responsibility on an official. A rule of good sportsmanship is to accept and abide by the decision made.

Openly Display Respect for the Opponent at All Times
Opponents are guests and should be treated cordially, provided with the best accommodations, and accorded tolerance at all times. Be a positive representative of your school, team, or family.

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, player, coach, or official this value is paramount since it suggests that you care about yourself and how others perceive you.

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WIAA Definition of Sportsmanship

Playing by the established rules of the contest; competing with one’s best efforts without drawing attention to one’s self with celebratory displays; losing without excuse or complaint; winning without gloating; cheering in a positive manner that does not disrespect, taunt, ridicule or attempt to intimidate anyone; and respecting the game, event and others.

To be read immediately before player introductions

_____________ High School, ____________ High School and the WIAA require good sportsmanship by student-athletes, coaches and spectators at education-based, interscholastic events. We request your cooperation in supporting the participants and officials. Profanity; racial; sexist or ethnic comments; or other intimidating or taunting actions will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal from the site of competition. Please enjoy the game in a positive manner.

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