Sportsmanship Policies

Code of Conduct

The NEWMAC is committed to good sportsmanship and developing healthy environments for competition. We believe the opportunity to represent a NEWMAC institution is a privilege, which is accompanied by the responsibility to behave with dignity and class on and off the field. Individuals associated with a NEWMAC member institution are expected to conduct themselves in such a manner to represent the highest level of honor and observe the tenets of good sportsmanship, honesty, fairness, dignity, civility and respect.The conference does not condone unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of the student-athlete, coach, administrator, spectator or any individual associated with a member institution. The Code of Conduct is designed for the promotion and protection of an environment that encourages reasoned discourse, intellectual honesty, openness to constructive change and respect for the rights of all individuals.

Student-Athlete Sportsmanship Statement

The NEWMAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee asks all participants and fans to support our shared goal of promoting positive sportsmanship and cultivating an enjoyable sporting environment. We ask that you do not make disparaging remarks or negatively single out anyone by name or number. We compete with honor and integrity and we take pride in these values. Thank you for respecting our hard work and dedication to the spirit of Division III and NEWMAC athletics.

Sportsmanship Statement - General

The NCAA, the NEWMAC and Mount Holyoke promotes good sportsmanship by student-athletes, coaches and spectators. We request your cooperation by supporting the participants and officials in a positive manner. Profanity, derogatory comments or other intimidating actions directed at officials, student-athletes, coaches or team representatives will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal from the site of competition. Also, consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.

Sportsmanship Standards

1. Members of intercollegiate athletics should display proper respect and consideration, and maintain civility toward opposing coaches and student-athletes.

2. Coaches bear the responsibility of teaching the importance of sporting conduct and behavior in both word and action to their student-athletes.

3. There is no place in intercollegiate play for taunting, embarrassing or degrading an opponent or game official. Student-athletes who do so should be disciplined by their head coach in a timely manner.

4. Representatives of the NEWMAC member institutions will abstain from making any public criticism or condemnation of other member institutions, their personnel, the Conference in general and its office staff or game officials.

5. Coaches and administrators should make every effort to promote and support the Conference and its member institutions in a positive way.

6. Coaches and student-athletes must be aware and mindful that competing in intercollegiate athletics is a privilege, not a right. Their actions and attitude toward opponents, game officials and members of the media should reflect positively on their respective institution and the conference.

7. Institutional administrators and coaches are responsible for insuring that all parties involved in intercollegiate athletics – including student-athletes, athletic trainers, managers, assistant coaches, band members, cheerleaders and mascots are informed of the acceptable behavior that is expected of them prior to the commencement of a season, and that these same participants are made aware of consequences when failing to abide by such standards and code of conduct.

8. Coaches and student-athletes should be encouraged to live up to their own highest personal standard of sportsmanship, even when their opponents may not. Personal accountability and respect for one’s own standards must come first.

9. Both coaches and student-athletes should recognize and appreciate skill in performance regardless of team affiliation.

10. The responsibility to exhibit and develop good character and sportsmanship should never be secondary to the desire to win. The critical lessons and inherent value of sports are obtained through the competition and admirable quest of victory, rather than the outcome itself.

NCAA Respect