MPS and PIAA Athletic Regulations

Mercyhurst Prep endeavors to provide a QUALITY athletic program for its student-athletes.  The objectives of the school and those of athletics coincide. Mercyhurst Prep believes that athletics can play an integral part in the development of characteristics needed by an individual who will make responsible choices, contribute to society, and be a total, well-rounded person.

In order to have a quality program, athletes who voluntarily participate must know their rights and responsibilities. Guidelines have been established by the school with input from coaches and athletes in order to make our teams the best we are capable of becoming. Download the PDF

STUDENT-ATHLETES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR FAMILIARIZING THEMSELVES WITH SCHOOL POLICIES REGARDING ACADEMICS AND ATHLETICS AS WELL AS PIAA REGULATIONS.

PIAA CODE OF ETHICS: HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS

ATHLETIC COURTESY (from the PIAA BY-LAWS)

Section 1. Athletics should foster clean sports.  It is the privilege and duty of every person connected with athletics to exemplify these principles in that person’s own actions and earnestly advocate them before others.

  • Contest rules are to be regarded as mutual agreements, the spirit or letter of which no honorable person would break.  The stealing of advantage is theft.
  • No advantages should be sought over others except those in which the Contest is understood to show superiority.
  • Unsportsmanlike or unfair means are not to be used, even when opponents use them.
  • Visiting teams are to be honored guests of the home team and should be treated as such.
  • No action is to be taken nor course of conduct pursued which would seem unsportsmanlike or dishonorable if known to one’s opponent or the public.
  • Remember that student-spectators represent their school the same as student-athletes.
  • Any spectator who continually evidences poor sportsmanship should be requested not to attend future Contests.
  • Decisions of Contest officials are to be abided by, even when they seem unfair.
  • Contest officials and opponents are to be regarded and treated as honest in intention.  In Contests when opponents conduct themselves in an unbecoming manner, and when Contest officials are manifestly dishonest or incompetent, future relationships with them should be avoided.
  • Good points in others should be recognized and suitable recognition given.
  • The practice of booing is regarded as discourteous and unsportsmanlike.

Excerpt from the PIAA CODE OF ETHICS PERTAINING TO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS

This Code of Ethics Pertaining to High School Athletics is to be regarded not only as recommendations, but also as rules governing the conduct of schools, student-athletes, coaches, contest officials, athletic directors, principals, and the public.

The public should:

  • Realize that gambling on Contests, the consumption of alcoholic beverages, and/or use of illegal drugs, anabolic steroids, and/or other performance-enhancing drugs in connection with Contests are all detrimental to the best interests of athletics and the standards which PIAA is endeavoring to foster.
  • Not use profanity, obscene gestures, and/or obscene language while attending Contests.
  • Not attempt to provoke,