"One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it." – Knute Rockne
An important mission of the athletics program at the Barnesville School is to teach and reinforce values relating to sportsmanship, competition, and fair play. It is expected that team personnel, parents, and spectators respect this mission by exhibiting appropriate behavior at athletic events. A condition of entry to a Barnesville School event is that all spectators agree to recognize the event as an extension of the learning process, and that all present have the responsibility to model appropriate behavior. The event is a unique opportunity for spectators to be part of a positive and productive learning environment and to model behavior that is appropriate for the Barnesville School mission. Sportsmanship is an overt display of respect for the rules of sport and for all others.
Expectations for Spectator Behavior
- Applaud players for their effort.
- Accept the decisions of officials.
- Appreciate participants for their commitment.
- Support school personnel in conducting orderly and spirited contests.
- Maintain composure when breaks seem to go against your team.
- Respect the rights of other spectators.
- Reward sportsmanlike behavior through cheering.
- Focus attention on positive aspects of competition.
- Encourage players by showing enthusiasm.