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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Spectator Code of Conduct

Athletics Program

 The following code of conduct for spectators should serve as a model for sports fans at all school sponsored athletic events: 

BELIEVING THAT sportsmanship is a by-product of a spirit of tolerance and good will and the centering of attention on the good qualities involved, and

BELIEVING THAT my conduct is an important part of the school’s athletic program,

I PLEDGE to act in accordance with these principles.

As an athletic spectator, I will:

 1.      Exemplify the highest moral character, behavior, and leadership so as to be a worthy example.

2.      Maintain and prohibit poise, self-discipline during and after the contest.

3.      Conduct myself in such a manner that attention is not drawn to me, but to the participants playing the game.

4.      Regulate my actions at all times so that I will be a credit to the team I support, knowing the school gets the praise or blame for my conduct since I represent the school the same as does the athletes.

5.      Support all reasonable moves to improve good sportsmanship.

6.      Treat a visiting team and spectators as guests, being courteous and fair.

7.      Avoid actions that will offend the individual athlete.

8.      Accept the judgment of the coach.

9.      Honor the rights of the visitors in a manner in which I would like to be treated.

10.  Respect the property of the school.

11.  Display good sportsmanship by being modest in victory and gracious in


12.   Pay respect to both teams as they enter for competition.

13.   Appreciate the good plays by both teams.

14.   Show sympathy for an injured player.

15.   Regard the officials as guests and treat them as such.

16.   Direct my energy to encouraging my team rather that booing the officials.

17.   Believe that officials are fair and accept their decisions as final.

18.   Learn the rules of the game in order to be a more intelligent fan.

19.   Consider it a privilege and a duty to encourage everyone to live up to the

spirit of the rules of fair play and sportsmanship.

20.   Realize that privileges are invariably associated with great responsibilities

and that spectators have great responsibility.

21.   Realize that obscene cheers, littering throwing of objects, and verbal  

indignities directed toward athletes, spectators, or officials have no place in

school athletics.

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