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Sportsmanship policies 

Sportsmanship policy for athletes

Learn and understand the rules of your sport. Play hard, play to win, but play fairly within the rules.

Do not allow your temper to distract you from the fundamentals of good sportsmanship. Maintain self-control.

Respect your opponent. Never taunt. Congratulate him or her at game’s end. Acknowledge good play.

Respect the integrity and judgment of officials. Never question the decision of an official.

Be an example for your school, teammates and opponents.

A player who is disqualified from a contest for un-sportsmanlike behavior by an official is prohibited from playing in the next regularly scheduled contest.

A player who strikes or otherwise physically assaults an official will be subject to an extended suspension from athletic competition. A physical confrontation with an official is any incident which a player either strikes, bumps, or otherwise physically intimidates an official prior to, during or after a contest or game.


Coach's commitment
The coaches of the Guilderland School District are dedicated to more than the X's and O's of competition. Statistics show that less than 5% of high school athletes go on to play team sports at the college level. With this in mind, Guilderland coaches understand that high school athletics provide students a unique opportunity for the development of not only physical conditioning and athletic skill, but also character traits essential for success throughout their lives.

Recognizing their role as educators, leaders and role models for students, coaches commit to:

1. Exemplify moral character as a role model for young people.
2. Recognize individual worth and reinforce self-image of each team member.
3. Establish realistic team goals or vision for each season and communicate that to the athletes and parents
4. Encourage team members to set personal goals to achieve their highest academic potential.
5. Create a set of training rules for athletes that reflect the values of abstaining from the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. (Performance enhancing substances)
6. Strive to develop the qualities of competence, character, civility and citizenship in each team member as outlined in the Guilderland Central School District Code of Conduct.
7. Provide a safe, challenging and encouraging environment for practice and competition.
8. Gain awareness of the importance of prevention, treatment and care of athletic injuries.
9. Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials.
10. Teach and abide by the rules of the game in letter and in spirit.
11. Build and maintain ethical relationships with my fellow coaches and administrators.
12. Strive for excellence in coaching skills and techniques through professional improvement.
13. Promote personal fitness and good nutrition.
14. Be modest in victory and gracious in defeat.

Code of behavior for spectators
Spectators are an important part of the games and are encouraged to conform to acceptable standards of good sportsmanship and behavior. Spectators should at all times respect officials, visiting coaches, players, and cheerleaders as guests in the community and extend all courtesies to them. 

Enthusiastic cheering for one’s own team is encouraged.

Booing, whistling, stamping of the feet and disrespectful re marks shall be avoided.

There will be no ringing of bells, sounding of horns, or other noisemakers at indoor contests during play. Anyone who does not abide by this rule will be asked to leave the premises.

Pep bands or school bands, under the supervision of school personnel, may play during time outs, between periods, or at half time. Bands must coordinate their play so as not to interfere with a cheerleading squad on the floor or field.

The throwing of debris, confetti, or other objects from the stands is prohibited. Offending individuals will be asked to leave the premises.

During a free throw in basketball, all courtesies should be extended.

Spectators will observe the rules of the local school concerning smoking, food and drink consumption, littering, and parking procedures.

Spectators will respect and obey all school officials and supervisors at athletic contest.

Any inappropriate spectator behavior directed at the coaches, players, and officials, could result in disciplinary action including permanent suspension from athletic events.


Suburban Scholastic Council Sportsmanship Code
In the belief that good sportsmanship on the part of spectators at high school athletic contest is as important as good sportsmanship on the part of athletes, the following guides for conduct are suggested as a means of continuing and strengthening the ties that exist between competing schools.

Basic Philosophy
Visiting team members, students and adult spectators are guests to be accorded all the courtesy and consideration that a friendly, well-mannered and well -intentioned host would normally give. The visitors, in turn, are to act as invited guests, using the home school’s facilities with care and respecting the rules and customs of the home school. It is expected that all spectators and participants will follow this code:

Athletic opponents and officials are guests and should be treated as such.

Spectators should watch the game from those areas designated by each school as spectator areas.

It shall be the responsibility of authorized school personnel attending games, either at home or away, to make sure students from their school conduct themselves appropriately.

Officials are the proper authorities to make decisions regarding rules and their interpretation; these decisions should be accepted.

Cheering should be in support of either team and should not be directed toward creating unfriendly rivalries among athletes of fans.

Any spectator who evidences poor sportsmanship will be requested to leave and may be denied admission to future contests.

Spectators, athletes and coaches must recognize that their conduct plays an important role in establishing the reputation of their schools and that their positive actions can relate directly to the success of their teams.

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