The IHSAA is offering all Indiana high schools the opportunity to win the IHSAA School Sportsmanship Award, an annual presentation which will consist of a championship banner for winning schools to hang in their gymnasiums and extensive community recognition.
IHSAA Sportsmanship Award Winners
Sportsmanship, quite simply, translates to lessons in citizenship for the 160,000 young men and women who participate in high school sports in Indiana. Your enthusiastic participation in this IHSAA program will help counter possible negative influences that exist in our society in regards to sportsmanship. More importantly, it will help set a positive example for others to follow. We encourage and thank you for your school’s full support of this program.
To be eligible to win the IHSAA School Sportsmanship Award, the following nine criteria must be met:
1. Every winning school should have a written sportsmanship plan in place and on file in the principal’s office.
2. Every winning school is expected to have a method for sharing its sportsmanship plan with faculty, coaches, parents, fans and the student body (participating in this program constitutes compliance with this criterion).
3. Sportsmanship posters provided by the IHSAA must be posted in prominent, high-traffic locations within the school and/or school grounds.
4. Every winning school must read a sportsmanship message prior to every home sporting event, providing a public address system is available and in use. Examples are included in this booklet.
5. A winning school cannot have a coach ejected from a game because of a sportsmanship violation during the school year.
6. A winning school cannot have player ejected from a game because of a sportsmanship violation during the school year.
7. A winning school cannot have a corroborated report about unsportsmanlike fan behavior filed by a licensed IHSAA official.
8. A winning school cannot have an IHSAA rules violation.
9. The principal of each school that qualifies for the IHSAA School Sportsmanship Award will be asked to confirm that all of the above criteria have been met prior to the presentation of the award.
“Good sportsmanship is viewed by the National Federation as a commitment to fair play, ethical behavior and integrity. In perception and practice, sportsmanship is defined as those qualities which are characterized by generosity and genuine concern for others. The ideals of sportsmanship apply equally to all activity disciplines. Individuals, regardless of their role in activities, are expected to be aware of their influence on the behavior of others and model good sportsmanship.”
FUNDAMENTALS OF SPORTSMANSHIP:
1. Show respect for self and others at all times.
2. Show respect for the officials. Good sportsmanship implies the willingness to accept and abide by the decisions of the officials.
3. Know, understand and appreciate the rules of the contest. Good sportsmanship suggests the importance of conforming to the spirit as well as the letter of the rules.
4. Maintain self-control at all times. Prevent the desire to win from overcoming rational behavior.
5. Recognize and appreciate skill in performance regardless of team affiliation.