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Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Basketball

Neillsville @ Greenwood
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018


We were greeted by the athletic director at the door and taken to our room.  The AD was friendly and always asking if there was anything we needed. During the game,  the coaches, fans and players were fantastic. Coaches had questions, but they asked them in a respectful manner. Fans were cheering for their team. Players were playing hard as a team and were very friendly and receptive to the feedback we provided.  Following the game, the AD was there and promptly took us to the locker room and thanked us for our time. It was truly a great game to officiate.

Reporting Official:  Franklin Searer

Sportsmanship Plus

Rice Lake @ Baldwin-Woodville
Oct. 25, 2018

Rice Lake showed excellent sportsmanship in the face of a competitive game. Each time Rice Lake approached the officiating crew to ask a question, they did so politely and in a way that was trying to understand how or why a decision was being made (or not being made). I believe their tone and professionalism is a result of strong team culture created by their head coach. In the past several years, the boys head coach for Rice Lake has been polite and shown strong understanding of what youth athletics are about. He has been an excellent role model to his players and has never taken an inappropriate tone with an officiating crew I have been on. This sportsmanship "Plus" is many years coming. He has been great to work with in the past, and his influence on the players shows during games. It's high time some unsolicited feedback comes in for coaches doing a great job in youth sports.

Reporting Official:  David Nett

Sportsmanship Plus - Boys Soccer

Onalaska @ New Richmond
Oct. 16, 2018


Onalaska played hard but safely and addressed the officiating crew politely throughout the game. At the end of the game, the Onalaska coach came up to me silent while I was finishing the paper work. When I finished and was ready to hand him his copy of the game report, I looked up to find a stern face that I thought might criticize our performance as an officiating crew. Instead, he looked me in the eye and said it was the best officiated game his team had experienced all year as he shook my hand. This kind of sportsmanship, right after a tough loss, is the type of leadership more schools need in youth athletics. He is able to see past a disappointment, and find the positive. The culture of his team is a byproduct of such an excellent role model and his kids are learning more than just soccer when they play for him.

Official Reporting:  David Nett


Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Blair-Taylor @ Highland
Oct. 19, 2018

Both schools demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and professionalism.  ittle things such as helping an opponent up after a play, picking grass from an opponent's helmet, a player from Blair-Taylor, #50, came up to me early in the 2nd quarter, shook my hand thanking me for officiating. This not only demonstrated class on his part but from both schools.  This is certainly a reflection of the leadership of both teams.  

Reporting Official:  Curt Ladwig

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