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We Are High School. As coaches, administrators and educators, we hope to instill in our students the desire to act with character, not just because they believe it is expected but because they believe it is right. --Robert Kanaby , NFHS Executive Director

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    1. We Are High School As coaches, administrators and educators, we hope to instill in our students the desire to act with character, not just because they believe it is expected but because they believe it is right. --Robert Kanaby, NFHS Executive Director Jim Tenopir, NFHS President SPORTSMANSHIP IS OUR BUSINESS

    2. Winning at the high school level should be a pleasant outcome to fulfilling the TRUE PURPOSE of sport in school…which is to serve the complete educational needs of those who choose to participate. The PREEMINENT PURPOSE of sports and activities is not to teach someone how hit a three-pointer or to throw a curve ball but how to harness the discipline, desire and commitment that come from striving to achieve these goals and then channeling those traits into overcoming the challenges of everyday life.-Robert F. Kanaby, Former NFHS Exec. Dir.


    4. Education-Based Whether in the classroom, auditorium, gymnasium, or on the field of play – WE ARE EDUCATORS FIRST! Our primary purpose remains the same…

    5. Teach what matters most! Character Counts …for a lifetime

    6. Raise the Bar STATEWIDE SPORTSMANSHIP PROGRAM Sportsmanship Matters! “No collection of individuals, no matter how good, can be successful unless they form a TEAM!” -Former Senator Bill Bradley

    7. PROGRAM GOALS: • 1. To promote the mission of education-based activities: • - Unique learning labs --An extension of School Day • -Life lessons, character development, universal values , Respect, Honesty, Integrity, Personal Responsibility, Leadership, Teamwork • 2. Teach, Enforce, Award, Model Sportsmanship (TEAM-up) • Provide a positive climate at our high school events • Implement a school sportsmanship program • Host first statewide student leadership conference

    8. UHSAA Initiatives 1.DO ROWDY RIGHT! – Cheer FOR your team & not against your opponent. 2. WE WILL – Sportsmanship Pledge 3. LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE-Dare to Lead (June 23, 2012) 4. PROMOTE POSITIVE PARTICIPATION Best Practices, Stories of Remarkable Individuals, Exemplary Sportsmanship, Random Acts of Kindness 5. SCHOOL SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD PROGRAM “Raise the Bar, Earn Your Star!”

    9. T E A M Sportsmanship Matters – DO YOUR PART! • TEACH students, fans & spectators what is expected • ENFORCE the expectations for appropriate behavior • AWARD those that display exemplary sportsmanship • MODEL the values of education-based activities TEACH we all have a CHOICE

    10. Honorable Behavior vs. Inappropriate Behavior Respectful of Others vs. Disrespectful Behavior Polite, Courteous vs. Trash Talking, Bullying Set Good Example vs. Looking for Attention Self-Control vs. Profanity, Arguing, Fighting Positive Attitude vs. Complaining, Negative Responsible, Accountable vs. Blaming Others The Team Comes First vs. What’s In It For Me Playing Hard, Clean vs. Looking for Short Cuts Fair Play vs. Cheating, Win at All Costs What will you CHOOSE? Teach the importance of choosing wisely

    11. First and foremost you are a TEACHER Make sportsmanship your #1 priority! Set a good example for players & fans Be a model of self-control and respect to all Treat game officials with respect at all times Must exemplify the highest moral character, behavior and leadership possible Teach/model/promote values & life skills daily Zero tolerance for disrespectful behavior COACHES

    12. Representing your school is a privilege Respect the game, respect the participants Accept responsibility as a role model Learn the rules & explain them to others Treat your opponents with respect Refrain from taunting, trash talking or making any kind of derogatory remarks to your opponents or officials Respect the judgment of the game officials, no matter how much you may disagree ATHLETES

    13. Be a positive example of support It’s important to praise & not criticize Show appreciation for all outstanding plays Respect opposing players, coaches & fans Recognize the service that officials provide Treat game officials with respect Remember that a ticket to a high school athletic event is not a license to verbally assault others (officials, coaches, players, opponents) PARENTS

    14. FANS Good sporting conduct is an integral partof interscholastic athletics. Any type of cheering, yelling or others actions which are done in a manner to disconcert, be derogatory or taunting toward anyone involved in the contest is considered inappropriate. Cheering and other support should be POSITIVE. Inappropriate behavior allows for a loss of respect for the game and the players. DO ROWDY RIGHT! CHEER for your team, not against the opponent!

    15. Get LOUD, Be Proud BUT… Do Rowdy Right!

    16. DO ROWDY RIGHT! UHSAA Policy for Positive Participation Make SPORTSMANSHIP & POSITIVE SCHOOL SPIRIT a priority at your school. Students need to understand the meaning and importance of sportsmanship. Sportsmanship is conducting oneself with respect and dignity. Teach it, Enforce It, Award it and Model it (TEAM)! • Derogatory and demeaning cheers or conduct are considered detrimental to the orderly and positive conduct of education-based interscholastic activities. Extracurricular activities are an extension of the school day, providing unique and valuable opportunities for further enrichment, growth and personal development. Everyone is a winner if administrators, athletic directors, coaches, staff, players, students, parents, spectators and fans TEAM-up to support appropriate behavior at all of our high school activities.

    17. DO ROWDY RIGHT! UHSAA Policy for Positive Participation • Provide clear expectations & proper supervision at games & contests • Post a Code-of-Conduct or Sportsmanship Policy • Provide UHSAA Sportsmanship Pre-Game Announcement and PSAs • Cheer FOR Your Team & not against your opponent. No negative cheering. • Respect the game; respect the participants • Treat the contest as a game not a war • “Humble in Victory, Gracious in Defeat”

    18. “WE WILL” -Sportsmanship Pledge FIND WAYS FOR THE STUDENTS & STAFF TO SHARE THIS PLEDGE Examples: create a “We Will" DVD, have players read prior to game WE WILL play fair and play by the rules Represent our schools with integrity WE WILL treat our opponents with the dignity they have earned And respect coaches and officials WE WILL value our opportunity to compete And thank those who support us WE WILL always do our best to achieve what we can achieve Individually and more importantly—as a team And when the game is over, WE WILL shake hands—win or lose It’s the right thing to do

    19. UHSAA-UIAAA Student Leadership Conference • Approximately 250 students • Representation from all member schools • Invite 2 students from each school • INFORMATION will be emailed in OCTOBER “Dare to Lead” Saturday, June 23, 2012

    20. AWARD CRITERIA Raise-the-Bar, Earn-a-Star! School Sportsmanship To qualify schools must meet the criteria outlined on the UHSAA School Sportsmanship Award Application on the Sportsmanship page @ 2011

    21. Sportsmanship Page @

    22. UHSAA Education-Based Activities Coaches are one of the most influential people in the lives of their athletes. They have the opportunity and the responsibility to teach valuable lessons that can impact the development of a child… for a lifetime.

    23. TOGETHER we can we will we must Raise-the-Bar! Thanks for all that you do!