All high school students (participants and spectators) are responsible for their behavior both at home and away school-sponsored events and activities. All school policies, expectations, and regulations apply at all events and activities, whether home or away. Students who demonstrate poor sportsmanship may be removed from an event at the discretion of the supervising staff member(s). Multiple sportsmanship violations may result in a student being restricted from attending remaining school events and activities.
As a student representing high school/middle school activities, you have the responsibility for exhibiting good sportsmanship at all times. The moment you put on that school uniform, you become a representative of your student body, your school and community. You will receive the ingredients of good
sportsmanship through the teaching, coaching and examples of the coaching staff. So, be sure to exhibit what you learn.
A very important lesson we learn through interscholastic activities is that by hard work and dedication we can improve. In America, we recognize we can take the ability that we have and, through hard work and dedication, become anything we want to be. No one can tell you what you must be. If you are willing to recognize the ability you possess and work hard, you can achieve success in any activities.
Attitude is one of the primary requisites in becoming a champion in any activity, and of course, that is best defined by how you act and how you feel and think in showing your disposition. The desire to excel, to win, to pay the price, are all positive points or attributes of attitude that contribute to a winning philosophy.
A winning philosophy is important, but likewise, realize the importance of how the game is played as well as viewed. Simple acts or gestures of respect such as : displaying good conduct, cooperating with officials, shaking hands with opponents after the contest, showing self-control at all times, accepting decisions and abiding by them, accepting both victory and defeat with pride and compassion, and never being boastful or bitter, will aid you, the individual, and your activity, as well to portray the standards of sportsmanship expected.
Actually, interscholastic activities are much like everyday life. America thrives on competition that has made the country as great as it is today. You might say it is the backbone of our great nation. Regardless of your plans in later life, whether to be in labor, management, sales, professionals, or whatever, you must realize there will be competition. There are and will be disappointments in all of life’s activities. It’s how you react to these disappointments that will measure what values you have learned on the athletic courts, fields, mats, stage, and all competitions during your high school days.
An activity participant’s responsibility in displaying good sportsmanship is second only to that of the coach/sponsor. Because participants in activities are admired and respected, they carry a great deal of influence over the actions and behavior of spectators.
Therefore, activity participants should:
- Live up to the high standard of sportsmanship established by their coaches/sponsors.
- Help fellow participants and fans maintain these standards.
- Be well versed in the rules and strategies of the event.
- Remember that, as participants, they are representing not only themselves, but their school, family and community.
- Refrain from using air horns, other noise-makers or unauthorized signs.
- Respect the officials and judges, accepting their decisions without emotion.
- Display positive public action at all times - shaking hands with opponents, showing concern for injured athletes and asking fans to display good sportsmanship.
- And above all, practice self-control in adversity or success
Any student-athlete at any grade-level 7-12 who is ejected from an IHSAA sanctioned sport will miss the next regular scheduled game/meet, which is defined as the next scheduled, re-scheduled or contracted date. In addition, they will be required to take the NFHS Coach Education/Certification Program elective course: Sportsmanship - It’s Up to You. The course must be viewed prior to being able to return and participate in an interscholastic contest and the certificate of course completion must be sent to the IHSAA office. There is no cost for this course.
The Central Iowa Metropolitan League (CIML) is dedicated to the principles of sportsmanship. It is the responsibility of everyone participating in, and attending CIML activities to model positive, respectful, sportsmanship behavior at all times. Such respect includes the respect for diversity. Discrimination of any kind is not acceptable in the CIML. Participation is a privilege to be earned through sportsmanlike behavior.