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 principals 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 relationship 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.
- 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, intimidate, and/or berate Coaches, Contest Officials, student-athletes, and/or other spectators.
- Not interfere with any Contests.
- Conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner.
- Not use profanity, obscene gestures, and/or obscene language.
- Not seek to provoke opponents, Contest officials, or spectators to engage in improper conduct.
- Not seek to injure opponents.
Excerpt from the NATIONWIDE INSURANCE SPORTSMANSHIP PROGRAM
(available at www.piaa.org/assets/web/documents/Handbook)
FOR OTHER SUPPORT GROUPS (BAND, BOOSTER CLUB, ETC.):
- Establish themselves as leaders in their conduct before, during and after Contests. Always provide positive support for your team, rather than intimidating or ridiculing the other team.
- Assist cheerleaders with cheers, chants, etc., and be a working part of pep assemblies, with preparation, organization, and involvement.
- Treat opposing players, coaches, spectators and support groups with respect and enthusiasm.
- Conduct themselves in an exemplary manner. Remember, you represent your school both home and away.
- Respect the integrity and judgment of Contest officials. Treating them with respect, even if you disagree with their judgment, will only make a positive impression of your group, your team and your community, in the eyes of all people at the event.
- Be an exemplary role model by positively supporting teams in every manner possible, including content of cheers and signs.
FOR THE STUDENT-ATHLETE:
- Accept and understand the seriousness of responsibility and the privilege of representing your school and your community.
- Live up to the standards of sportsmanship established by the school administration and the coaching staff.
- Learn the rules of the Contest thoroughly and discuss them with parents, fans, fellow students, and elementary students. This will assist both them and you in the achievement of a better understanding and appreciation of the sport.
- Treat opponents the way you would like to be treated, as a guest or a friend. Who better than yourselves can understand all the hard work and team effort that is required of your sport!
- Wish opponents good luck before the Contest and congratulate them in a sincere manner with which you would like to be greeted following either victory or defeat.
- Respect the integrity and judgment of Contest officials. The officials are doing their best to help promote you and your sport. Treating them with respect, even if you disagree with their judgment, will only make a positive impression of you and your Team in the eyes of the officials and all people at the event.
- Remember that you are at a Contest to support and cheer for your Team and to enjoy the skill and competition, not to intimidate or ridicule the other Team and its fans.
- Remember that interscholastic athletics are a learning experience for students and that mistakes are sometimes made. Praise student-athletes in their attempt to improve themselves as students, as athletes, and as people as you would praise a student working in the classroom.
- A ticket is a privilege to observe the Contest, not a license to verbally assault others.
- Learn the rules of the Contest so that you may 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.
- Respect the integrity and judgment of Contest 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 substances (alcohol, drugs, tobacco, etc.) before and during Contests, and afterwards on or near the site of the Contest.
- Use only those cheers that support and uplift the Teams involved.
- Recognize and compliment school and athletic administrators for their efforts in emphasizing the educational benefits of interscholastic athletics and the role of good sportsmanship to that end.
- Be a positive role model through your own actions and by censuring those around you whose behavior is unbecoming.