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Sportsmanship/Citizenship - Rule 52


The effective American secondary school must support both an academic program and an activities program. We believe that these programs must do more than merely coexist-they must be integrated and support each other in “different” arenas. The concept of “sportsmanship” must be taught, modeled, expected and reinforced in the classroom and in all competitive activities. Therefore, all Kansas State High School Activities Association members stand together in support of the following sportsmanship policy.


Activities are an important aspect of the total education process in the American schools. They provide an arena for participants to grow, to excel, to understand and to value the concepts of SPORTSMANSHIP and teamwork. They are an opportunity for coaches and school staff to teach and model SPORTSMANSHIP, to build school pride, and to increase student/community involvement; this ultimately translates into improved academic performance. Activities are also an opportunity for the community to demonstrate its support for the participants and the school, and to model the concepts of SPORTSMANSHIP for our youth as respected representatives of society. Sportsmanship is good citizenship in action!

Section 1 - General Regulations (apply to grades7-12)

Art. 1: SPORTSMANSHIP is a general way of thinking and behaving. The following sportsmanship policy items are listed below for clarification:
  a. Be courteous to all (participants, coaches, officials, staff and fans).
  b. Know the rules, abide by and respect the official’s decisions.
  c. Win with character and lose with dignity.
  d. Display appreciation for good performance regardless of the team.
  e. Exercise self-control and reflect positively upon yourself, team and school.
  f. Permit only positive sportsmanlike behavior to reflect on your school or its activities.

  Art. 2: Enforcement Procedure:

a. It is encouraged and recommended by the Kansas State High School Activities Association that local boards of education adopt these regulations and reinforce them as indicated herein.

  b. The Executive Board of the Kansas State High School Activities Association shall be responsible for the interpretation of these regulations, including “desirable and unacceptable behavior” and shall publish them in the Association’s Sportsmanship/Citizenship Manual.




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