Elements of Good Sportsmanship

Good sportsmanship is an important aspect to the success of any program and happens every day.  It is our goal to highlight those positive aspects that happen in our programs.  Key elements are listed below.

  • Show respect for the opponent at all times- opponents should be greeted and spoken to in an honest, clear and forthright manner.
  • Show respect for the officials- good sportsmanship implies the willingness to accept and abide by the decisions of the officials.  Human error is inevitable under the best of circumstances.  Contests are inheritantly full of conflicting views and students will be officiating.  Understanding this is the basis for participation.
  • Maintain self-control at all times- games are the testing ground of character and the values of our college.
  • Recognize and appreciate skill in performance, regardless of affiliation- applause for an opponent’s good performance is a demonstration of generosity and perspective that should be held in high regard.  This willingness to acknowledge quality of performance in others is at the core of good sportsmanship.