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Go Bulldogs!Code of Conduct

  • Bancroft Athletics follows the Code of Ethics and Conduct set forth by the New England Preparatory School Athletics Council (NEPSAC). — See below.

  • In addition, Bancroft School will not tolerate hazing of any kind. Please refer to Bancroft's Student Handbook regarding this issue.

NEPSAC Code of Ethics and Conduct

As a 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 athletes, 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:

  1. Treat other persons as you know they should be treated, and as you wish them to fairly treat you.
  2. Regard the rules of your game as agreements, the spirit or letter of which you should not evade or break.
  3. Treat officials and opponents with respect.
  4. Accept absolutely and without quarrel the final decision of any official.
  5. 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.
  6. Be gracious in victory and defeat; learn especially to take defeat well.
  7. Be as cooperative as you are competitive.
  8. Remember that your actions on and off the field reflect on you and your school.

Purpose of Athletics in Our Schools

Athletics exist primarily as an essential part of the student’s full education. As an educational process, they serve these purposes:

  1. To teach and instruct students in the rules, fundamentals and skills of various individual and team sports; to provide physical training and physical outlet for adolescent energy.
  2. To provide healthy competition and cooperation within and between schools, thus inculcating in each student the best principles of good sportsmanship.
  3. To develop the other aspects of good sportsmanship that will best serve each student’s education.
  4. To maintain the spirit of true amateur competition.

Middle School Spirit of Competition

Along with the rules for Middle School play, coaches should play with a good spirit of competition. The NEPSAC Code of Ethics provides the framework on which all game behavior should be based. Beyond that, Middle School coaches should intentionally make the game a positive experience for everyone involved — players on both teams, coaches, officials, and spectators. This means taking a leadership role with your team and setting standards of behavior. Running up the score, keeping a press on in a basketball game when the outcome is clearly evident, putting your starters in as a group when the score is already lopsided, and continuing a run-and-gun style of play rather than emphasizing passing and a set offense, all represent examples of coaching strategy which do not meet the intended spirit of Middle School competition.

Expulsion Rule

Players or coaches who are ejected from interscholastic officiated contests for “unsportsmanlike conduct” or other flagrant behavior will forfeit their eligibility to play or coach in the next regularly scheduled interscholastic officiated contest or tournament contest played in that sport. We encourage a conversation between athletic director, coach, and disqualified offender.

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