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SPECTATOR BEHAVIOR GUIDELINES  

Remember that you are at a contest to support and cheer for your team and to enjoy the skill and competition, not to intimidate or ridicule the other team and its fans.
                                          
Remember that interscholastic athletics are a learning experience for students and that mistakes are sometimes made. Praise student-athletes in their attempt to improve themselves as students, as athletes and as people,  just as you would praise a student working in the classroom.                        

Remember that a ticket is a privilege to observe the contest; it is not a license to verbally assault others and be generally obnoxious.       

Learn the rules of the game so that you may understand and appreciate and support groups. Treat them as you would treat a guest in your own home.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Respect the integrity and judgment of contest officials. Understand that they are doing their best to help promote the student-athlete and admire their willingness to participate in full view of the public.
                                                                                                                                                            
Recognize and show appreciation for an outstanding play by either team.               
                                                                     
Refrain from the use of any controlled substances (alcohol, drugs, tobacco, etc.) before, during and after contests, on or near the site of the event (e.g., tailgating).        
                                                                                                                                                
Use only those cheers that support and uplift the teams involved.                                                                                                    

Recognize and compliment school and athletic administrators for their efforts in emphasizing the educational benefits of interscholastic athletics and the role of good sportsmanship.                                                                                                                                                                

Be a positive role model through your own actions and by censuring those around you whose behavior is unbecoming
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Behavior Standards: 
As specified by the National Federation and State High School Association 

Acceptable Behavior                                                                                                                                          

Applause during introductions of players, coaches and officials.
                                                                                                              
Players shaking hands with opponent who fouls out while both sets of fans recognize player's performance with applause.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Accept all decisions of officials    
                                                                                                                                                                              
Cheerleaders lead fans in positive school yells in positive manner.   
                                                                                                        
Handshakes between participants and coaches at the end of contest, regardless of outcome.  

Treat competition as a game, not a war.      

Coaches/players search out opposing participants to recognize them for outstanding performance or coaching.  

Applause at end of contest for performances of all participants
                                                                                                                 
Everyone showing concern for injured players regardless of tea.   
                                                                                                               
Encourage surrounding people to display only sportsmanlike conduct.    



Unacceptable Behavior                                                                                                                                                                                              
    
.Yelling or waving arms during an opponent's free-throw attempt.
                                                                                                        
Disrespectful or derogatory yelling, chants, songs or gestures.                                                                                                                   

Booing or heckling an official’s decision.                                                                                                                                                               

Criticizing officials in any way; displays of temper with an official call.                                                                                                    

Yells that antagonize opponents.                                                                                                                                                                                          

Refusing to shake hands or give recognition for good performances.                                                                                                      

Blaming loss of game on officials, coaches or participants.                                                                                                                             

Laughing or name-calling to distract an opponent.                                                                                                                                         

Use of profanity or displays of anger that draw attention away from the game.