Sportsmanship Statement PDF Print E-mail

Participation, sportsmanship, teamwork, player development and positive support are cornerstones of our mission and philosophy. How do these words translate into practical actions on the field, diamond or court? Here are some basic guidelines for coaches, parents and players.


  • Create a positive atmosphere. Never use or allow derogatory language.
  • Comment on what a player is doing well rather than what they are not. Negative reinforcement has no place in recreational sports for elementary school students.
  • Be in charge. Set the ground rules for team conduct with players and parents. Do not let players choose teams for scrimmages to avoid creating animosity.
  • Be fair. Give all players equal attention and playing time during practices and games.
  • Spend some practice time talking about fair play, sportsmanship and teamwork.
  • Teach the difference between hard play, fouls and unfair play.
  • Set the tone. Shake hands with the opposing coach and referees before and after each game.
  • Make sure your team lines up after each game for the "good game" handshake. And, monitor what your team says.


  • Never use derogatory language toward players, referees or coaches.
  • Use positive reinforcement and support for players and coaches.
  • Support and encourage players from the sidelines, but please no parental coaching.
  • Spend some home time talking about fair play, sportsmanship and teamwork.
  • Respect the efforts of coaches and expect that your children will do the same.



  • Make only positive comments to your teammates.
  • Respect your team, your opponent and the game officials.
  • Always shake hands with opposing players after the game.
  • Lend a hand in helping fellow players get up.
  • Never trash talk or speak poorly to or about an opponent.
Last Updated on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 11:24 pm