Provincial Golf Championship
Neepawa, MB September 23, 2011

The Case for Sportsmanship, Ethics and integrity in High School Athletics

Good Sportsmanship is viewed by the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association as a commitment to fiar play, ethical behaviour and integrity. In perception and practise, sportsmanship is defined as those qualities, which are characterized by generosity and genuine concern for others. The ideals of sportsmanship apply equally to all athletic disciplines. Individuals, regardless of their role, are expected to be aware of their influences on the behaviour of others and model good sportsmanship.

Expectations of Coaches

1. Always set a good example for participants and fans to follow, exemplifying the highest moral and ethical behaviour.
2. Instruct participants in proper sportsmanship expectations and demand that they make sportsmanship and ethics the No. 1 priority.
3. Respect judgement of officials, abide by rules of the event, and display no behaviour that could incite fans.
4. Treat opposing coaches, administrators, participants and fans with respect. Shake hands with offcials and opposing coaches in public.
5. Develop and enforce penalties for participants who do not abide by sportsmanship standards.

Expectations of Student/Athletes

1. Treat opponents with respect, shake hands prior to and after contests.
2. Respect judgement of officials, abide by rules of the event and display no behaviour that could incite fans.
3. Cooperate with officials, coaches and fellow participants to conduct a fair competition.
4. Accept seriously the responsibility and privelege of representing school and community; display positive actions at all times.
5. Live up to high standard of sportsmanship established by coach.

Expectations of Parents, Students and Other Fans

1. Realize that a ticket is a privilege to observe a contest and support high school athletics, NOT a license to verbally assault others or to be generally obnoxious.
2. Respect decisions made by game officials.
3. Be an exemplary role model by positively supporting teams in every manner possible, including content of cheers and signs.
4. Respect fans, coaches and participants.
5. Maintain enthusiasm and composure.
6. Recognize outstanding performances on either side of the playing court, field, or arena.

Expectations of Officials

1. Accept role in an unassuming manner. Showboating and over officiating are not acceptable.
2. Maintain confidence and poise, controlling contest from start to finish.
3. Know rules thoroughly and abide by established Code of Ethics.
4. Publicly shake hands with coaches of both teams befor contest.
5. Never exhibit emotions or argue with participants and coaches when enforcing rules.



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