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Sportsmanship

Filer Athletics Sportsmanship Statement

Filer Athletics believes good sportsmanship is an integral component of interscholastic competition. It encourages the character development of participants, enhances the educational mission of the school, and promotes civility in society. In order for good sportsmanship to prevail, coaches, student-athletes, and fans must display respect, fairness, civility, honesty and responsibility before, during, and after all athletic contests.  We encourage fans to enthusiastically support their team, recognize outstanding performance of opponents, and always exhibit good sportsmanship in their words and actions. Remember it is a privilege to observe a contest and support high school activities, not a license to verbally assault others. There is no place in interscholastic activities for name-calling to distract an opponent or the use of profanity from the stands. Brought to you by the Idaho High School Activities Association and Filer High School Athletics.

Filer Athletics’ Four Pillars of Sportsmanship

  1. Show respect for the players and fans at all times.
  2. Show respect for the officials.
  3. Understand and appreciate the rules of the contest.
  4. Maintain self-control.

Means of Ensuring Ethical Sportsmanlike Conduct

For each home contest, Filer will designate a game administrator to monitor conduct and take appropriate action in the case of violations. The game administrator will not be a Head Coach or Assistant Coach of a team involved in the contest. At other times, anyone observing unethical unsportsmanlike conduct will be responsible for reporting it to the Athletic Director, who will take appropriate action.

Administrators/Athletic Directors

  • Establish a positive environment.
  • Inform coaches, student-athletes and spectators of expected behavior.
  • Take a stand and uphold codes of conduct.
  • Evaluate coaches’ performances on the principles of sportsmanship, not just on win-loss records.

Coaches

  • Instruct students on their responsibilities of sportsmanship.
  • Respect the officials’ judgment and interpretations of the rules.
  • Be sensitive to explosive situations; remove player(s) before problems arise.

Student-Athletes

  • Treat officials, coaches, and opponents with respect.
  • Exercise self-control.
  • Don’t harass or trash talk opponents or officials before, during, or after a contest.
  • Recognize and support the efforts of coaches, officials, and administrators.

Fans/Parents/Students

  • Profanity, derogatory comments, and other intimidating words or actionsdirected at the officials, student-athletes, coaches, team representatives, or other spectators will not be tolerated and are gounds for removal from the site of competition.
  • No negative cheers targeting an individual and cheers intended to sound like an inappropriate word or expression.
  • Consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages and the use of artificial noisemakers are also prohibited.
  • Standing in the bleachers with the intent of being negative is prohibited. Standing is permitted in the designated FHS student section in the Northeast end of the gym. Visiting students may stand in the South West end of the gym.
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