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Spectator Sportsmanship

CPS sports programs demand good sportsmanship from student participants. Spectators are also expected to model exemplary sportsmanship.

Expectations and Reminders for Spectators at CPS Athletic Contests

  • Remember that you are there to support the student-athletes.
  • Remember that young people play sports for THEIR enjoyment, not to entertain you.
  • Do not have unrealistic expectations of performance and understand that striving to be one’s best is as important as winning.
  • Purchasing a ticket or otherwise obtaining admission to the contest is a privilege to observe the contest, not a license to be indiscriminate in what you say and what you do.
  • Learn the rules of the game, so that you may understand and appreciate why certain situations take place.
  • Understand that spectators that exhibit unruly or unsportsmanlike behavior can be removed from the contest venue with no refund.

Acceptable and Encouraged Behaviors

  • Root for your team with chants of praise and/or encouragement in order to uplift the students.
  • Respect the official’s decisions and encourage all participants to do the same.
  • Respect and show appreciation for the coaches and understand that they have given their time to provide sport activities for our young people.
  • Encourage athletes and coaches to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
  • Show respect for your team’s opponents and realize there would be no game without them.

Unacceptable Behaviors

  • Bad language and harassing athletes, coaches, officials or other spectators.
  • Language or gestures to mock or intimidate athletes, coaches, officials or other spectators.
  • Ridiculing an athlete for making a mistake or taunting students on the other team.

Credit: Contributing text courtesy of the Ohio High School Athletic Association