Code of Ethics and Conduct
As basic principle, we believe that the lessons learned from fairly
played athletics, whether interscholastic or not, and including games
and practices, are of benefit to our students and our schools. The
purpose of this Code of Ethics and Conduct is to define what “fairly
played” means and to provide guidelines for NEPSAC athletics, coaches,
officials and spectators alike to follow.
Proper Conduct and Good Sportsmanship:
At the heart of this matter lie several terms which are often hard to
define—yet no more important task confronts teachers and coaches than
to set standards which are fair and honorable. Throughout this Code,
when such terms as “proper conduct” and “good sportsmanship” are
mentioned, they refer to such standards as these:
Treat other persons as you know they should be treated, and as you wish them to fairly treat you.
Regard the rules of your game as agreements, the spirit or letter of which you should not evade or break.
- Treat officials and opponents with respect.
- Accept absolutely and without quarrel the final decision of any official.
- Honor visiting teams and spectators as your own
guests and treat them as such. Likewise, yourself behave as an honored
guest when you visit another school.
- Be gracious in victory and defeat; learn especially to take defeat well.
- Be as cooperative as you are competitive.
- Remember that your actions on and off the field reflect on you and your school.
Guidelines For Players:
Players shall at all times represent themselves
and their school with honor, proper conduct, and good sportsman ship.
- They shall understand that competitive rivalries
are encouraged, but that disrespect for opponents is unsportsmanlike
and lessens the value of the rivalries.
- They shall confine the competitiveness of the game
to the field, and in particular behave properly on the sidelines and in
the locker rooms both before and after games.
- They shall comply fully with the rulings of the
officials. In no way, either by voice, action or gesture, shall they
demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the decision made.
- Players will not deface property or remove equipment of any kind from their own or another school.
Guidelines For Spectators:
Spectators—whether students, faculty, parents,
alumni or friends—bear important responsibilities to the school for the
atmosphere and conduct of games, whether home or away.
- Spectators should watch games from those areas
defined by each school as spectator areas. They must not run up and
down sidelines, call to players, coaches or officials in an
unsportsmanlike manner, go onto the field of play, or deface property.
Any action which detracts from the ability of coaches, players and
officials to do their best is not acceptable.
- Faculty members should remember that their
responsibilities for student discipline and behavior extend to
disciplining and controlling students who misbehave as spectators.
- The use of alcohol and illegal drugs should not be associated with any athletic event.