Announcements and Important Events
One of the missions of interscholastic athletics is to serve as an extension of the classroom. Athletic events are learning experiences for our student-athletes. Athletic competition builds character and shapes lifetime values. One of the lessons learned through participation in athletics is to set and maintain high standards of sportsmanship, ethics and integrity in our schools and in our society. Sportsmanship, quite simply, translates to citizenship for our young men and women and all those involved in the interscholastic program. The values learned by exhibiting good sportsmanship will last a lifetime.
Everyone represents our school at an athletic event. One act of sportsmanlike, or unsportsmanlike, behavior by even one person paints a picture of how we are perceived by neighboring communities, schools and the media. Maintaining the proper perspective about school sports will help us in our quest for good sportsmanship, show what is good about our school district and remind us that school sports are here to educate students and to be fun.
- Remember that you are at a contest to support your team and to enjoy the skill and competition; not to intimidate and ridicule the other team and its fans.
- Remember that school athletics are learning experiences for students and mistakes are sometimes made. Praise our student-athletes in their attempt to improve themselves as students, as athletes and as people – just as you would praise a student trying their best in the classroom.
- Remember that a ticket to a school athletic event is a privilege to observe the contest, not a license to verbally assault others and be generally obnoxious.
- Learn the rules of the game, so that you may understand and appreciate why certain situations take place.
- Show respect for opposing players, coaches, spectators and support groups. Treat them as you would treat a guest in your own home.
- Refrain from taunting or making any kind of derogatory remarks to your opponent during the game.
- Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials. Understand that they are doing their best to help promote the student-athletes, and admire their willingness to participate in full view of the public.
- Recognize and show appreciation for an outstanding play by either team.
- Use only cheers that support and uplift the teams involved.
- Be a positive behavior role model through your own actions and by censuring those around you at events whose behavior is unbecoming.
Remember, sportsmanship is a team effort. It takes everyone from our community – players, coaches, parents and spectators – to be successful on the field, in the stands, and even in the parking lot after the game. We look forward to your support at each and every one of our contests this year. Please take time to enjoy the games and our student-athlete’s commitment and dedication to their sport and to our school.