All MPS employees, volunteers, student/athletes, and spectators are required to act in accordance with the charism of Mercy, that is, to act with hospitality and concern for the dignity of all persons when attending athletic events.
- Show RESPECT to the opposing team and APPRECIATION of their talents.
- Support our team positively. CHEER FOR OUR TEAM, NOT AGAINST THE OPPOSING TEAM. Refrain from booing or any other negative display.
- Show RESPECT FOR OFFICIALS AND COACHES and acceptance of their decisions.
- Show CONCERN FOR INJURED PLAYERS, regardless of their team affiliation.
- Be a GOOD AUDIENCE for performances by bands, cheerleaders, and other groups. Let them know that they are welcome and that their hard work is appreciated.
- Be GOOD STEWARDS of the venue at which the contest is held. Dispose of all waste properly.
- Be GRACIOUS regardless of victory or defeat.
- Always represent the MARK of PRIDE and SPIRIT.
Student fans and other spectators at any MPS athletic event should:
- Maintain silence during the National Anthem
- Applaud during the introduction of players, coaches, and officials regardless of their affiliation
- Applaud at the end of the contest for performances by all participants
- Treat the competition as a contest, not a war
- Positively support our team
- Wear clothing that, while spirited, is appropriate for a school event. All students must wear shirts.
- Not use disrespectful or derogatory cheers, chants, songs, or gestures
- Not use cheers that antagonize opponents or fans of the opposing team
- Not criticize officials
- Not use profanity, obscene gestures, and/or obscene language while attending contests
- Not attempt to provoke, intimidate, and/or berate coaches, contest officials, student-athletes, and/or other spectators
- Not engage in any behavior that detracts from the contest
- Not throw any object in the stands or on the field
- Not interfere with any contests
Any spectator who evidences poor sportsmanship and/or behavior inconsistent with the MPS mission and sportsmanship policy and guidelines may be removed from a contest venue and may be prohibited from attending future contests. Students in violation may also incur disciplinary consequences.