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Guidelines For Behavior

OF THE COACH. . .

  • Exemplify the highest moral character, behavior and leadership, adhering to strong ethical and integrity standards. Practicing good sportsmanship is practicing good citizenship!
  • Respect the integrity and personality of the individual athlete.
  • Abide by and teach the rules of the game in letter and in spirit.
  • Set a good example for players and spectators to follow: please refrain from arguments in front of players and spectators; no gestures which indicate officials or opposing coaches do not know what they are doing or talking about; no throwing of any object in disgust. Shake hands with the officials and the opposing coaches before and after the contest in full view of the public.
  • Respect the integrity and judgment of contest officials. The officials are doing their best to help promote athletics and the student/athlete. Treating them with respect, even if you disagree with their judgment, will make a positive impression of you and your team.
  • Display modesty in victory and graciousness in defeat in public and in meeting/ talking with the media. Please confine your remarks to game statistics and to the performance of your team.
  • Instruct participants and spectators in proper sportsmanship responsibilities and demand that they make sportsmanship the NO.1 priority.
  • Develop a program that rewards participants and spectators for displaying proper sportsmanship and enforces penalties on those who do not abide by sportsmanship standards.
  • Be no party to the use of profanity or obscene language, or improper actions.

OF 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 game thoroughly and discuss them with parents, fans, fellow students and elementary students. This will assist 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 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. Congratulate them in a sincere manner following either victory or defeat.
  • Respect the integrity and judgment 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 make a positive impression of you and your team.

OF THE CHEERLEADERS…

  • Understand the seriousness and responsibility of your role, and the privilege of representing your school and your community.
  • Learn the rules of the game 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 opposing cheerleaders the way you would like to be treated, as a guest or friend. Who better than yourselves can understand all the hard work, training and team effort that goes into a cheering squad?
  • Wish opposing cheerleaders good luck before the game and congratulate them in a sincere manner following either victory or defeat.
  • Establish standards of desirable behavior for the squad and attempt, in a cheerful manner, to transfer that to your spectators.
  • Select positive cheers which praise your team without antagonizing the opponents.
  • Encourage a positive crowd alternative when booing or an inappropriate chant begins by starting a popular cheer.
  • Use discretion in selecting the times to cheer Give the opposing school the same amount of time your squad would want in performing cheers, and treat opposing players like you would treat your own team.
  • Give encouragement to injured players and recognition to outstanding performances for both teams.
  • Respect the integrity and judgment of contest officials. Treating them with respect, even if you disagree with their judgment, will make a positive impression of your team and your community.

OF OTHER SUPPORT GROUPS (BAND, BOOSTER CLUB, ETC)…

  • Establish themselves as leaders in their conduct before, during and after contests and events. Always provide positive support for your team, rather than intimidating or ridiculing the other team.
  • Assist cheerleaders with yells, 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 make a positive impression of your group, your team and your community.
  • Be an exemplary role model by positively supporting teams in every manner possible, including content of cheers and signs.

OF SPECTATORS. . .

  • Remember that you are at a contest to support and yell 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 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 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, during, and after contests on or near the site of the event (e.g. tailgating)
  • 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 inter-scholastic athletics and the role of good sportsmanship.
  • Be a positive role model through your own actions and by censuring those around you whose behavior is unbecoming.

OF THE MEDIA. . .

  • Promote ideals and fundamentals of good sportsmanship.
  • Report acts of good sportsman like without giving undue publicity to unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • Refrain from making negative comments towards participants, coaches or officials. After all, the interscholastic athletic arena is a classroom. Would you make negative comments about teachers teaching students and students trying to learn?
  • Recognize the efforts of all who participate in the contest.

OF CONTEST OFFICIALS. . .

  • Accept your role in an unassuming manner. Showboating and over-officiating are not acceptable.
  • Maintain confidence and poise, controlling the contest from start to finish.
  • Know the rules of the game thoroughly and abide by the established NJSIAA
  • Code of Ethics.
  • Publicly shake hands with coaches of both teams before the contest.
  • Never exhibit emotions or argue with participants and coaches when enforcing rules.
  • When watching a game as a spectator, give the contest officials the same respect you expect to receive when working a contest.

OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS. . .

  • Develop a program for teaching and promoting the ideals and fundamentals of good sportsmanship within the school, the conference/league and NJSIAA.
  • Provide appropriate supervisory personnel for each interscholastic athletic event.
  • Support participants, coaches and fans of teams displaying good sportsmanship.
  • Recognize exemplary behavior and actively discourage undesirable conduct by participants, coaches and fans.
  • Attend events whenever possible and function as a role model-show good sportsmanship. This includes communicating with spectators during an event as to what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior.

OF THE SCHOOL GOVERNANCE BOARD…

  • Adopt policies that promote the ideals of good sportsmanship, ethics and integrity.
  • Serve as a positive role model and expect the same from parents, fans, participants, coaches and other school personnel.
  • Support and reward participants, coaches, school administrators and fans who display good sportsmanship.
  • Recognize the value of school activities as a vital part of education.
  • Attend and enjoy school activities.

GUIDELINES FOR DIRECTORS OF ATHLETICS…

  • Be aware that you are the leader at all athletic contests and that the behavior of coaches, players, and spectators is your direct responsibility.
  • Develop a monitoring process of coaching behavior.
  • Develop a positive atmosphere that allows students, spectators, and support groups to demonstrate the highest level of sportsmanship.
  • Meet regularly with athletic personnel to discuss principles of sportsmanship and the NJSIAA Rules and Regulations.
  • Ensure that coaches and players are cognizant of NJSIAA penalties and procedures.

 

Spectator Ground Rules

Welcome to today’s competition. Your paid or complimentary admission to this event entitles you to enjoy an exhibition of skills developed by the students in an educational setting. Please give these students your positive encouragement and support. Booing, taunting or intimidating the officials or opponents is unfriendly and unacceptable.

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