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Lower Merion School District

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Sportsmanship

A new season brings new challenges, and new opportunities. The privilege you have won to be part of an interscholastic athletic team at our school is a true extension of your work in the classroom. We hope you will benefit as much from you athletic experiences as you do from academic endeavors.

A challenge before us this year is that of good sportsmanship. As a high school athlete, acceptable levels of behavior on the playing field are best learned now, as the lessons learned will last a lifetime. .

As an athlete, you are constantly in the public eye. You are a leader of today. Many people look to your display on the field as a source of community pride. Many young people in our school look to you as a role model they would like to emulate.
That is why good sportsmanship is so important. The example you provide sets the standard of behavior by everyone associated with our program. It only takes a single moment to create a negative environment. It takes as much hard work as you put into honing your skill to set an example of good sportsmanship. The latter pays the bigger dividends in life.

Please take the time to review the following guidelines, stating the example we expect our student-athletes to display as leaders of our school. We hope these guidelines will become part of your goals in preparing for the upcoming season. We hope the upcoming season is a rewarding one for you.

Behavior Expectations of the Student Athlete

  • Accept and understand the seriousness of your responsibility and the privilege of representing the school and the community.
  • Learn the rules of the game thoroughly and discuss them with parents, fans, fellow students and elementary students. This will assist both them and you in the achievement of a better understanding and appreciation of the game.
  • Treat opponents the way you would like to be treated, as a guest or friend.
  • Wish opponents good luck before the game and congratulate them in a sincere manner following either victory or defeat.
  • Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials. Never argue or make non- verbal gestures which indicate disagreement. This type of immature activity may incite undesirable behavior in the stands and by teammates.
  • Students participating in activities or athletic events MUST attend school the day of the event or the day before if the game/event is on a Saturday.

ANY VIOLATION OF THE SPORTMANSHIP CODE WILL RESULT IN SUSPENSION FROM THE TEAM AT THE DISCRETION OF THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR—THIS APPLIES FOR ANY CLUB, SPORT OR ANY EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY.

ANY PARTICIPANT, MANAGER, AND/OR SPECTATOR WHO VIOLATES THE SPORTSMANSHIP CODE IS SUBJECT TO DISCIPLINARY ACTION.