2152 Extracurricular Activities

  • Sportsmanship

    Good sportsmanship is conduct which imposes a type of self-control involving honest rivalry, courteous relations, and graceful acceptance of results.

    Sportsmanship shown in athletic contests and many other area of school influence is the outcome of customary behavior and thinking of students.  School spirit is a reflection of these attitudes and behavior.  If a school is to succeed in one of its prime functions, that of good citizenship, it is necessary that student groups, spectators, and coaches radiate proper sportsmanship conduct.


    It is the responsibility of coaches to:

    1. Understand the educational intent of the activity.
    2. Know the rules of the game.
    3. Set an example of good sportsmanship for officials, players, and fans.
    4. Be responsible for their participants before, during, and after the contest.
    5. Meet all commitments pertaining to the contest.
    6. Establish communication of a positive nature with opposing coaches and the officials.
    7. Refrain from profanity.
    8. Maintain self-control at all times.
    9. Be mindful of comments made to the news media.
    10. Accept the decision of the officials in a sportsman-like manner or disagree through appropriate channels and in a sportsman-like manner.


    It is the responsibility of participants to:

    1. Abide by the rules of good sportsmanship at all times.
    2. Have respect for all facilities, personnel, and fans before, during, and after contests.
    3. Exercise self-control at all times.
    4. Respect the judgment of officials.


    Athletic contests between teams and individuals should reflect sportsmanship and mutual respect by both the participants and the spectators.  Care must be taken that participating schools continue to be friendly rivals, not enemies.  Booing, throwing objects, use of noisemakers or harassment of players shall be discouraged at all athletic events.

    Flagrant disrespect for players or officials may result in dismissal of spectators from the premises.


    Officials will be expected to: 

    1. Be professional in dress and manner.
    2. Call contests in an unbiased manner.
    3. Keep calm and rational at all times.
    4. Report incidents of unsportsmanlike conduct to the appropriate school supervisors.

    ADOPTED: 1/17/91
    REVISED: 9/25/97
    Procedure No. 2152P Extracurricular Activities
    An extracurricular activity is designed to contribute to the total outgrowth of the participant.  Each activity director and/or coach is expected to develop and implement their activity program in a manner that will contribute to the participant’s intellectual, physical, social and emotional development.  

    Desired student outcomes which may serve as a focus for a program are: 


    1. Knowledge of how to care for one’s body.
    2. Ability to set realistic goals.
    3. Understanding of the strategies employed to achieve success in the activity.
    4. Ability to develop the proper “mind set” prior to entering a competitive situation. 


    1. Ability to perform the individual skills which contribute to success in the activity.
    2. Maintenance of physical condition (strength, endurance, and coordination) in order to perform efficiently and effectively. 


    Respect for coaching staff, teammates, members of the opposing team and officials.


    1. Appreciation of good performance and a desire to achieve it.
    2. Willingness to “lose self” within the larger framework of the team.
    3. Acceptance of responsibilities as a team member and representative of the school.
    4. Acceptance of victory or defeat with poise.

    Suggested roles and responsibilities for accomplishing the stated outcomes are:

    Principal and Activity Coordinator

    1. Exhibit interest, enthusiasm and support for student activities and the manner in which students participate.
    2. Monitor the conduct of staff at events.
    3. Set expectations for student spectator conduct at contests.
    4. Give recognition to students for their conduct.
    5. Create enthusiasm in pep staff for sportsmanship.
    6. Work with the Booster Club.
    7. Greet the opposing team when they come to your school (roll out the carpet).
    8. Encourage staff to talk about sportsmanship during homeroom.
    9. Sponsor a trophy to class that exhibits the best sportsmanship.
    10. Permit the contest to take place with a minimum of distractions.


    1. Set a good example for others to follow.
    2. Allow the players to make as many decisions as possible.
    3. Use your “bench.”
    4. Accept the official’s decision without protest.
    5. Enlist the support of the pep staff in maintaining positive crowd control.
    6. Exhibit a spirit of friendliness to the opposing team and coach.
    7. Use pep assemblies as an opportunity to reflect your value of good sportsmanship.
    8. Educate the Booster Clubs in playing and league rules.
    9. Make certain your players understand the rules of the game.


    1. Set a good example for others to follow.
    2. Acknowledge the team members, pep staff, and student body for demonstration of positive conduct at student activities.
    3. Assist in the supervision of crowds.

    The Sportsmanship Checklist (2152F) has been developed for the purpose of evaluating the conduct of staff, participants, officials, students and spectators at school events.

    ADOPTED: 1/17/91
    REVISED: 9/25/97

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