Good sportsmanship is everyone’s responsibility.
Below are guidelines and fundamentals of good sportsmanship that parents and student athletes should review together. They give us a roadmap to follow on a journey toward a more educational atmosphere for interscholastic athletics.
Athletic events are always among the most popular activities for participants and spectators, and these contests provide another learning experience. Integrity, fairness and respect, and the principles of good sportsmanship are lifetime values taught through athletics. With them, the spirit of the competition thrives, fueled by honest rivalry, courteous relations and graceful acceptance of the results.
The role of the parent in the education of a youngster cannot be overestimated. The support shown in the home is often manifested in the ability of the student to accept the opportunities presented at school, in the classroom and through co-curricular activities.
Parents have a major influence on their youngster’s attitude about academics and athletics. The leadership role parents take in sportsmanship will help influence their child, and the community, for years to come.
There is a value system — established in the home, nurtured in the school — which young people are developing. Their involvement in the classroom and other activities contributes to that development.
Uniontown Area High School is proud to be a winner of three PIAA Sportsmanship Awards.
UASD is part of and in support of the PIAA program called “SPORTSMANSHIP: The Only Missing Piece Is You!” This is a program designed to positively change behavior in our schools and reinforce and reward the need for sportsmanship as one of the values taught through educational athletics.
A good sport, whether a student or a parent, is a true leader within the school and our community. Parents’ and students’ sportsmanship goals should include:
Realizing that athletics are part of the educational experience, and the benefits of involvement go beyond the final score of a Contest;
Encouraging our students to perform their best, just as we would urge them on with their class work, knowing that others will always turn in better or lesser performances;
Participating in positive cheers that encourage our athletes; and discouraging any cheer that would redirect that focus;
Learning, understanding, and respecting the rules of the Contest, the officials who administer them and their decisions;
Respecting the task our coaches face as teachers; and supporting them as they strive to educate our youth;
Respecting each official and realizing they are an essential part of every Contest;
Respecting our opponents as students, and acknowledging them for striving to do their best;
Developing a sense of dignity under all circumstances.
Being a FAN … not a fanatic!
Parents and student athletes are spokespersons for our school when attending an athletic, or any co-curricular event. Family and friends, opposing fans, the local community and the media, view your actions. Your display of good sportsmanship will show the most positive things about you and our school; and hopefully remind us that sport is meant to be fun.
Have a great school year!
Fundamentals of Good Sportsmanship
1. Gain an understanding and appreciation for the rules of the contest.
2. Exercise representative behavior at all times.
3. Recognize and appreciate skilled performances of both the home and visiting teams.
4. Exhibit respect for officials.
5. Openly display a respect for the opponent at all times.
6. Display pride in your actions at every opportunity.