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Sportsmanship Plus - Swimming & Diving

Chippewa Falls Invitational
Sept. 16, 2017

I was standing next to a group of girls from the Superior High School swim team.  hey were cheering on their teammates, and when they finished and noticed that a swimmer in another lane had no one cheering for her. All of the ladies moved over to that swimmer's lane and cheered in support of her finishing the race. Throughout the day, I noticed that the Superior swim team to other lanes to help swimmers that had no one to cheer for them. It was not only great to see these girls support their teammates, but also supporting girls swimming.  Congrats Superior!

Reporting Official:  Eric Olson

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Prairie Farm @ Mercer/Butternut
Sept. 19, 2017

Both teams’ coaches did a remarkable job of educating their players on the game of football and positive behavior. Not once did we hear a negative comment by players, coaches or spectators. Coaches did a remarkable job keeping their players motivated. What we saw was an experienced coaching staff continuing a fine tradition of proper sportsmanship behavior, while another team’s coaching staff is beginning an outstanding custom of positive actions when it comes to establishing a program of football, teamwork and sportsmanship. Players and community supporters enjoyed the game and taught one another the etiquette of proper sportsmanship. Players on each side helped the opposing team off the turf and congratulated each other on fine plays. Players asked officials good questions and accepted the answers and rulings of game action.  Also, the communities of each team were loud and positive. It is amazing how small communities enthusiastically support their student-athletes and teach them the fine tradition of proper sportsmanship.  

Reporting Official:  Shawn Umland

Sportsmanship Plus - Girls Volleyball

West Allis Hale Tournament
Sept. 9, 2017

My officiating partner and I have had the privilege of officiating for Morgan Hunt of Racine Park for four years at the West Allis Hale Blandino Tournament. She is a captain and is ALWAYS pleasant and has a kind word for both her team mates and opposing players. Questions asked politely. A hand shake and smile after the match for the officials is gracious and well-meant. A true pleasure to officiate.

Reporting Official:  Dale Laabs

Sportsmanship Plus - Swimming & Diving

Platteville @ Lodi
Sept. 8, 2017

During my captain's meeting, I gave my usual chat about captains being the leaders that the team members will look to in terms of sportmanship. The Platteville captain proactively spoke up, and said "Sportsmanship is really important to our team.  Our swimmers will wait at the end of the lane until the last swimmer finishes the race. Is that important to your team also?"  The Lodi captain agreed.  What was remarkable about this conversation is that the captain had a clear idea of what good sportsmanship was, could articulate it clearly as an action, and basically invited the other team to come on board and also demonstrate the same behavior. I have never had a captain's meeting that has included an athlete's definition of sportmanship and invitation to join in. It was a refreshing and extraordinary discussion that showed the captain's and team's ownership of the sportsmanship demonstrated at the meet.

Reporting Official:  Pat Coyne

Sportsmanship Plus - Football

Oshkosh West @ Kimberly
Sept. 8, 2017

The Kimberly athletic department did a great job hosting this football game. I went to observe my crew.  Athletic secretary Marcia Van Hout and Athletic Director Ryan McGinnis did an outstanding job making me and my crew welcome for the game. Coach Ken Levine from Oshkosh West communicated respectfully with my crew the entire night and his sideline was very clean. He asked multiplerule related questions in a positive manner.  Coach Jones and his staff at Kimberly worked hard with their players as well. I informed him of several close rule issues and he thanked me for following up with rule clarification. Both the Kimberly and Oshkosh West teams have excellent leadership from their respective coaches.

Reporting Official:  James Schaefer


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