Sportsmanship Reminder from the Athletics Director
Dear Cougar Athletic Fans and Families,
As an athletic department we have greatly enjoyed watching our student-athletes compete over the past three seasons of sport. The improvement, development and confidence we have seen over the last year is truly a testament to their hard work and perseverance.
We wanted to touch base and make sure our families and fans are all doing their part in the stands to positively support all of our student-athletes, coaches and officials, while also being respectful of all opposing teams. We need you to cheer in a positive manner and make sure to represent Carondelet with the utmost integrity. We know that games can be exciting and as spectators we can contribute to that excitement, but we need to make sure we are doing that while abiding by the Carondelet Sportsmanship Code for Spectators and Cheering Sections (Student Handbook Section 4.4.1) – see below.
- Spectators are expected to maintain a high degree of sportsmanship during athletic competition.
- Spectators must remain in the designated seating areas while a competition is in progress.
- Spectators may not confront an official, coach, or player before, during, or after an athletic competition.
- Antagonistic or derogatory remarks are violations of the Carondelet High School Sportsmanship Code.
- Noisemakers are not permitted at an athletic competition.
- Organized bands may play at designated times (before the competition, during time outs, quarter breaks, and half time).
- Violations of the Carondelet High School Sportsmanship Code may result in dismissal from the school premises and/or forfeiture of the competition.
If at any point during the game we feel like a spectator is not positively supporting our team or our opponents, or disrespecting the officials, we will have to ask them to leave the premises. Reports of conduct that are unsafe and interfere with a game or would bring discredit to high school athletics will also be reported to the EBAL commissioner. (http://www.theebal.com/ebal-constitution.html)
Our number one priority is the physical and mental well-being of all of our student athletes and coaches and we do not take lightly anyone not complying with this directive.
Thank you for partnering with us to ensure that all of our Cougar student-athletes are performing in a safe and supportive environment. Let’s continue to make this the best season yet!
North Coast Section Spectator Code of Conduct
Promoting Sportsmanship - The Role of Parents & Fans
Promoting Sportsmanship - The Role of the Coach
Promoting Sportsmanship - The Role of the Student Athlete
EBAL Expectations of Behavior
SPORTSMANSHIP PREAMBLE:The member schools of the CIF, EBAL are committed to providing a sportsmanlike environment for the students, coaches, and spectators.
SPORTSMANSHIP DEFINITION: A person who can take a loss or defeat without complaint, or victory without gloating, and who treats his/her opponents with fairness, courtesy, and respect. (CIF)
The following behavior is unacceptable at all CIF high school contests:
1. berating your opponent’s school or mascot
2. berating opposing players
3. obscene cheers or gestures
4. negative signs
6. complaining about officials’ calls (verbal or gestures)
In the EBAL:
- Spectators are expected to treat players, coaches, and officials with respect. No personal, non-performance related comments will be tolerated. (For example, spectators saying “air ball” would be tolerated but yelling “pizza face” at a player would not be tolerated.)
- Spectators must follow all host site rules, and therefore, follow direction, rules set by the administrators and/or designees from either school.
- Yells should emanate from the cheerleaders. (Schools should discourage impromptu yells, cheers, and comments from individuals or minor groups.)
- Face painting is allowed. Face painting may be done to show school spirit and only in one’s own school colors.
- Spirit signs are allowed. Signs must be positive for one’s own school and be kept in the designated area. Visiting school may also hang signs under the same aforementioned conditions. Visitors must abide by posting regulations of the host school.
- Only the home team band may perform
- Boasting/cheering about previous victories (“bragging rights”) is not allowed.
See CIF definition of Sportsmanship.
- Spectators are required to maintain a high degree of sportsmanship during athletic contests.
- Spectators must, at all times remain in the designated seating areas while a contest is in progress.
- No spectator is allowed to confront an official, coach, or player before, during or after an athletic contest.
- The actions of a spectator, detrimental to the playing of the game, may cause forfeiture of that contest.
In the EBAL:
- Spectators are not allowed on playing area before the game, at halftime, or during the game.
- Spectators, mascots, cheerleaders, and players are expected to stay in designated school area.
- Spectators will not interfere with homecoming floats or performing bands.
- Spectators will not throw any objects on the playing area.
- The host school’s PA announcer must abide by the same rules of conduct and sportsmanship as any spectator.
- Coaches are responsible for their own and players’ actions.
Recruitment/ Undue Influence
CIF Bylaw 510.A. states:
The use of undue influence by any person(s) to secure or retain a student or their parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver as residents may cause the student to be ineligible for high school athletics for a period of one year and shall jeopardize the standing of that high school in the CIF.
Undue influence is any act, gesture or communication (including accepting material or financial inducement to attend a CIF member school for the purpose of engaging in CIF competition regardless of the source) which is performed personally, or through another, which may be objectively seen as an inducement, or part of a process of inducing a student, or his or her parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver, by or on behald of, a member school, to enroll in transfer to, or remain in, a particular school for athletic purposes.
PHILOSOPHY: The CIF, as the governing body of high school athletics, affirms that athletic competition is an important part of the high school experience and that participation in interscholastic athletics is a privilege. The privilege of participation in interscholastic athletics is available to students in public or private schools who meet the democratically established standards of qualification as set forth by the CIF Federated Council. CIF Bylaws governing student eligibility are a necessary prerequisite to participation in interscholastic athletics because they:
- Keep the focus on athletic participation as a privilege not a right;
- Reinforce the principle that students attend school to receive an education first; athletic participation is secondary;
- Protect the opportunities to participate for students who meet the established standards;
- Provide a fundamentally fair and equitable framework in which interscholastic athletic competition can take place;
- Provide uniform standards for all schoolsto follow in maintaining athletic competition;
- Serve as a deterrent to students who transfer schools for athletic reasons and to individuals who recruit student-athletes;
- Serve as a deterrent to students who transfer schools to avoid disciplinary action;
Maintain an ethical relationship between high school athletic programs and others who demonstrate an interest in high school athletes;
- Support the Principles of “Pursuing Victory with Honorsm.”