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Sportsmanship of Spectators

 

Remember that as a spectator you are at a contest to support your team and to enjoy the skill and competition, not to intimidate or ridicule the other team and its fans.

Remember that school athletics are learning experiences for students and mistakes are made. Praise student athletes in their attempt to improve themselves as students, as athletes and as people.

Learn the rules of the game so that you understand and appreciate why certain situations take place.

Show respect for the opposing players, coaches, spectators and support groups. Treat them as you would treat a guest in your own home.

Refrain from taunting or making derogatory remarks to your opponents during the games, especially comments of ethnic, racial or sexual nature.

Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials. Understand that they are doing their best to help promote the student-athlete and admire their willingness to participate in full view of the public.

Recognize and show appreciation for an outstanding play by either team.

Refrain from the use of any controlled substance (alcohol, drugs, etc.) before, during and after the game (i.e. tailgating).

Use only those cheers that support and uplift the teams involved.

Recognize and compliment the efforts of school and league administrators for their effort in emphasizing the benefits of educational athletics and good sportsmanship.

Be a positive behavior role model through your own actions and by censuring those around you whose behavior is unbecoming.

Remember that a ticket to a school athletic event is a privilege to observe the contest and not a license to verbally assault others and be generally obnoxious.