1. To demonstrate self-control and respect for others at all times be they officials, spectators, or other athletes.

2. To remember that participation in athletics is a privilege that is not to be abused by unsportsmanlike conduct.

3. To deal with opponents with respect. Shake hands after the competition and congratulate them on their performance.

4. To respect the integrity and judgment of the officials.

5. To remember that improper behavior while in uniform reflects poorly upon yourself, your school, and your community.

6. To understand and abide by the rules and regulations of the game.

7. To accept victory with grace and defeat with dignity


1. Direct all energies to encouraging your team.

2. Avoid actions, which offend visiting teams or individual players.

3. Show appreciation of good play by both teams.

4. Learn the rules of the game in order to be a more intelligent spectator.

5. Treat all visiting teams in a manner in which you would expect to be treated.

6. Accept the judgment of coaches and officials.

7. Encourage other spectators to participate in the spirit of good sportsmanship.

8. Be positive.


1. To promote good sportsmanship, by setting a positive example while coaching your athletes.

2. To respect the integrity and judgment of the sports officials.

3. To approach competition as a healthy and constructive exercise, not as a life and death struggle that requires victory at any price.

4. To recognize that the participants in individual or team sports are young men and women with human frailties and limitations, who are capable of making mistakes.

5. To not use crude or abusive language with players, opponents, officials, or spectators.

6. To instruct the players in the elements of good sportsmanship and remove players from competition who demonstrate unsportsmanlike behavior.

7. To avoid behavior that will incite players, opponents, or spectators.

8. To avoid and eliminate negative comments to radio, TV, and newspaper reporters

Section 3 Guidelines

Decorum: Noisemakers (thunder sticks, cow bells, music boxes, air horns, etc.) and derogatory signs are not allowed at contests at Section III schools or Section III sponsored events. It is the school’s Athletic Director or District representative’s responsibility to immediately remove any noisemakers from the competition venue.

If there is any question, please contact the Section III office.