- Sportsmanship is a demonstration of generosity and genuine concern for others.
- Sportsmanship is a concrete measure of the understanding and commitment to fair play.
- Sportsmanship is a lending of cheers for “your team” and applause for the “opponents”, observing the letter and the spirit of the rules, and showing consideration for others.
- Sportsmanship is the “golden rule” of athletics – treating others as you wish to be treated.
- Sportsmanship is respect – respect for others and one’s self.
- Sportsmanship encompasses all that is good in human nature.
- Sportsmanship is citizenship in action.
The Middle School Athletic Association believes:
- Athletic participation is a privilege, not a right.
- School activities are a vital part of education.
- Disrespectful behavior, especially taunting, trash talking and intimidation will not be tolerated.
Student leaders will support the development of sportsmanship programs at our schools.
- Student athletes will respect the game and learn the rules.
- The school will discipline students for unsportsmanlike behavior.
- The school will treat opponents as if they were guests at home events.
- Student athletes are taught to win or lose graciously.
- Student athletes will take seriously their role as ambassadors for our school.
- Student athletes know that their behavior on the field should give other people a positive impression of our school.
- Our students will be fans, but not FANATICS and cheer good plays by either team.
MSAA Commissioner’s Message:
- Sportsmanship contributes to the development of a student’s lifetime value system.
- The true goal of educational athletics is to educate and is not about wins and losses – educational athletics is about learning.
- Practicing integrity, fairness and respect sets school sports apart from other student activities.
School Athletic Director’s Message:
- If athletes are coached with encouragement, they learn confidence.
- If athletes are coached with praise, they learn to have faith.
- If athletes are coached with fairness, they learn justice.
- Champions get up one more time that they have been knocked down.
- Champions know the final score does not necessarily measure winning.
- Champions take a stand for what is right, even when they stand alone.
- Champions see every challenge as an opportunity.
- Champions willingly accept responsibility and graciously deflect honor.
- Champions may fail…but they never quit.
- Players will provide reflective comments about their experiences during the past season.
- Players will be asked to comment about the importance of Sportsmanship.