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The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association is instituting the Citizenship Through Sports program. This program is part of the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance which include all major high school, college and professional sports organizations. Because of the size of our state and the NIAA Board's commitment to this program, we have a unique opportunity to make a tremendous positive impact on our student athletes and our communities.
In order for sports to serve a purpose in the educational system, students must obtain positive educational benefits from athletics. These benefits include: responsibility, self-discipline, respect for self and others, teamwork, work ethic, sportsmanship, integrity and personal sacrifice for the good of others. One of the athletic department's goals for this school year is to implement and promote a Sportsmanship Program. I'm sure you know that when two schools or programs compete against each other there are really two objectives.
One objective is to determine which school or program has the better team, and the other is to determine which school or program has instilled in its student athletes the desirable qualities of good sportsmanship, courtesy and fair play. As educators and role models we have an obligation to teach and maintain good sportsmanship within our athletic programs. We must not only demonstrate adherence to the standards of good sportsmanship but we must also instill in our student athletes their responsibility to abide by these standards.
Sportsmanship Definitions & Contest Expectations
All Student-Athletes and Coaches Are Expected To:
* Treat opponents with respect.Play hard but play within the rules.
* Exercise self-control at all times, setting an example for others to follow.
* Respect officials and accept their decisions without gesture or argument.Win without boasting, lose without excuses, and never quit.Always remember that it is a privilege to represent the school and community.
All Spectators Are Expected To:
* Cooperate with and respond enthusiastically to cheerleaders.
* Respect the property of others, and the authority of those who administer the competition.
* Respect the judgment of the coach and the game officials. Avoid unsportsmanlike gestures or language.
* Appreciate a good play, no matter who makes it.
* Confetti is not permitted.
* No signs, except authorized welcome signs are permitted.
* Booing of opponents or officials is not permitted.No artificial noisemakers are permitted.
* Only cheerleaders may use megaphones. Calling to players by name or number is forbidden.
* Cheers not initiated by cheerleaders are forbidden. Pointing cheers (baiting) are forbidden.