Athletics Sportsmanship

Promoting sportsmanship and ethical behavior in athletics is one of the primary objectives of the Friends Schools League. The officials at all of our contests have been instructed to enforce these goals. We will not tolerate unsportsmanlike actions including taunting, trash talking, profanity, obscene gestures, excessive celebration, berating officials and other forms of verbal or physical misconduct. We expect our coaches, athletes and spectators as well as the officials, to uphold this code by example before, during, and after the game. The Friends Schools league believes strongly that players, coaches and officials should conduct all contests with a spirit of respect for each other and for the rules and traditions of the sport. The Friends Schools League expects all of its athletes, coaches and spectators to behave in a sportsmanlike manner at all contests. Specifically we have the following expectations for each group.

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Treat opponents with respect: shake hands after contests. Respect judgment of contest officials, abide by rules of the contest and display no behavior that could incite the fans, specifically, no “trash talking” and no “in your face” behavior, including baiting or taunting. Cooperate with officials, coaches, and fellow participants to conduct a fair contest. Accept seriously the responsibility and privilege of representing school, community, and league: display positive public action at all times. Live up to the high standard of sportsmanship established by the coach and the league.

Parents and All Spectators

2013-11-08-V-Boys-Soccer-vs-Rutgers-Prep-165-X2Respect decisions made by contest officials. Be an exemplary role model by positively supporting teams in every manner possible, including content of cheers and signs. Respect fans, coaches, and participants; specifically, spectators will cheer for their teams in a positive manner and will not interact negatively with the other team or its fans.

Coaches

Always set a good example for participants and fans to follow, exemplifying the highest moral and ethical behavior. Instruct participants in proper sportsmanship responsibilities and demand that they make sportsmanship the #1 priority. Respect judgment of contest officials, abide by rules of the event, and display no behavior that could incite fans. Specifically, coaches are to remain in the designated coaching area and are not to go on the field or court unless summoned by an official. Treat opposing coaches, participants, and fans with respect. Shake hands with officials and opposing coach in public. Develop and enforce penalties for participants who do not abide by sportsmanship standards.

Friends Schools League Sportsmanship Guidelines

Promoting sportsmanship and ethical behavior in athletics is one of the primary objectives of the Friends Schools League. The Friends Schools League believes strongly that players, coaches and officials should conduct all contests with a spirit of respect for each other and for the rules and traditions of the sport. We expect our coaches, athletes, spectators and game officials to uphold this code by example before, during, and after every contest.

The Friends Schools League expects all of its athletes, coaches and spectators to behave in a sportsmanlike manner.  The League will not tolerate unsportsmanlike actions such as derogatory language or gestures, physical misconduct, or other disrespectful behavior.  Self-control is paramount to a successful contest within the Friends Schools League.

Specifically the Friends Schools League has the following expectations for all involved in its athletic contests:

Accept the responsibility and privilege of representing school, community, and League.

Live up to the high standards of sportsmanship established by the League.

Make sportsmanship the number one priority.

Be a good role model. 

Support your team in a positive manner. 

Always interact positively with the other team and its fans.

Treat opponents, their fans, and officials with respect.

Shake hands with opponents at the end of competition.

Search out opponents to recognize them for outstanding performances.

Abide by the rules of the competition to conduct a fair contest. 

Play within the spirit of the game.