Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association comprises more than 500 member high schools who recognize that athletic competition expands the learning experience beyond the classroom. Unlike professional sports, top division college sports, and even club sports, high school sports are education-based. They are meant to teach students not only athletic skills and the rules of play, but also the values of sportsmanship, hard work, teamwork, discipline, problem-solving, leadership, judgement, perseverance, respectfulness and more. Many of us learned much about life from high school sports, and we owe our young people a sports environment that’s just as safe and supportive as our classrooms. High school sports present an extraordinary opportunity for all of us in education to help students learn both as participants and as spectators, and to prepare for what lies beyond high school. We know that people have different opinions about what sportsmanship is, and that the difference between supporting one’s own team and trying one’s best to rattle the opposing team is a fine — and sometimes creative — line, indeed. We do not intend to limit free speech or dampen enthusiasm at athletic events, but we do believe a common definition and uniform set of expectations — adopted by a committee of member schools for our member schools — can be helpful in providing a positive educational experience and in making good choices for respecting the other team. High schools sports are most beneficial and enjoyed when all involved are demonstrating respect for others in a fun and safe environment. By joining the WIAA, school administrators accept responsibility for embracing the ideals of education-based athletics and the responsibility for educating their coaches, student-athletes, parents and fans about the rules of fair play and proper conduct during competitions as stated in the Bylaws and Rules of Eligibility. Sportsmanship: It’s Part of the Educational Process WISCONSIN INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION Definition of Sportsmanship Good sportsmanship is viewed by the WIAA in conjunction with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) as a commitment to fair play, ethical behavior and integrity. In perception and practice, sportsmanship is defined as those qualities that are characterized by generosity and genuine concern for others. The ideals of sportsmanship apply equally to all activity disciplines. Individuals, regardless of their role in activities, are expected to be aware of their influence on the behavior of others and model good sportsmanship.