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Section V Sportsmanship Policy

The Section V Athletic Association is committed to promoting the proper ideals of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play at all sectional activities.  We will oppose instances and activities which run counter to the best values of athletic competition in order to insure the well being of all individual players. We will expect acceptable standards of good citizenship and proprietary with proper regard for the rights of to others. 
We are further committed to the belief that schools participating in sectional activities should be held responsible for the conduct of their players, coaches, faculty members, and spectators.  Conduct which is detrimental to the educational value of athletic activities may be deemed just cause for the school’s reprimand, probation, suspension from a particular sport, or suspension from sectional activities. 
It is the responsibility of the spectator to:
  1. Keep cheering positive.  There should be no profanity or degrading language/gestures.
  2. Avoid actions which offend visiting teams or individual players
  3. Show appreciation of good play by both teams.
  4. Learn the rules of the game in order to be a better informed spectator.
  5. Treat all visiting teams in a manner in which you would expect to be treated.
  6. Accept the judgment of coaches and officials.
  7. Encourage other spectators to participate in the spirit of good sportsmanship.
  8. Avoid the use, abuse and resulting negative influence of drugs, including alcohol and tobacco.
It is the responsibility of the student to:
  1. Demonstrate self control and respect for others at all times be they officials, spectators or other athletes.
  2. Remember that participation in athletics is a privilege that is not to be abused by unsportsmanlike conduct.
  3. Deal with opponents with respect.  Shake hands after the competition and congratulate them on their performance.
  4. Respect the integrity and judgement of the officials.
  5. Remember that improper behavior while in uniform reflects poorly upon yourself, your family, your school and your community.
  6. Understand and abide by the rules and regulations of the game.
  7. Accept victory with grace and defeat with dignity.
  8. Remember that the use, abuse and resulting negative influence of drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, is detrimental to the game and its participants.
It is the responsibility of the coach to:
  1. Promote good sportsmanship by setting a positive example while coaching your athletes.
  2. Respect the integrity and judgement of the sports officials.
  3. Approach competition as a healthy and constructive exercise, not as a life and death struggle that requires victory at any price.
  4. Recognize that the participants in individual or team sports are young men and women with human frailties and limitations, who are capable of making mistakes.
  5. Refrain from the use of crude or abusive language with players, opponents, officials or spectators.
  6. Instruct the players in the elements of good sportsmanship and remove players from competition who demonstrate unsportsmanlike behavior.
  7. Avoid behavior that will incite players, opponents or spectators.
  8. Avoid and eliminate negative comments to radio, TV and newspaper reporters.
  9. Avoid the use, misuse and negative impact of drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, on the players, spectators and the game.
  1. Participating schools will be expected to share Section V codes of behavior with their students and spectators in an effective manner.
  2. Each participating school will be held responsible for the conduct of their players, cheerleaders, coaches, faculty and spectators.
  3. If a school brings spectator buses to the contest site they will be responsible for providing adequate supervision when the buses arrive and depart.
  4. Each participating school must have an appropriate number of identified supervisors at the contest site.  This person(s) would report directly to the Section V site chairperson.  If there is not a school representative the team’s coach will be responsible. 
  5. Banners and signs must be positive in nature and approved by the Section V site supervisor. The Section V site supervisor will determine where they will be placed.
  6. (a) Outdoor Activities- If a high school band is attending a sectional activity such as a football or soccer game, as a matter of courtesy it would be expected that the school administration notify the site chairperson or athletic director that the band will be in attendance.  If the band intends to perform on the field at such an activity, prior permission of the Section V site chairperson will be required.  The band would need to be  under the supervision of the school’s music director or a faculty advisor.
(b) Indoor Activities- There will be no noisemakers allowed at the contest site.  If a school wishes to have a Pep Band in attendance, the group will need to have prior permission of the Section V site chairperson or the Athletic Director of the school where the contest  will be held.  The band would need to be under the supervision of the school’s music director or faculty advisor.
If a violation occurs at a contest site, the Section V chairperson will be responsible for making a report to the appropriate sport chairperson.  The sport chairperson(s) will inform the administration of the school(s) involved in the violation and a written report will be sent to the Executive Director and /or President of Section V within five (5) days of the contest.  If the conduct is found to be detrimental, appropriate action could be taken as noted in the Sportsmanship Policy of Section V.