Schools that participate in the Just Play Fair! Program must follow the guidelines, policies and procedures, promotions, and performance which the WIAA established for the program. Below are ideas and tips for fulfilling these requirements.
A Year-Round Program for WIAA Member Schools
The WIAA’s Just Play Fair! banner Program, creates opportunities for member schools to implement a year-round sportsmanship and citizenship program in their communities. Every WIAA member school is eligible to participate.
To participate in the program, member schools must adopt a sportsmanship and citizenship plan that meets the program criteria and submit it to WIAA along with the attached application. Upon receipt of this information the WIAA will award a 3-foot by 5-foot Just Play Fair! Banner to each participating school. Each year that a school participates in the Just Play Fair! Banner Program it will receive a validation to indicate the year that this distinction has been achieved.
Sportsmanship Program Criteria
In order to make this a "banner" of a program, a school must follow the guidelines layed out in Policies and Procedures section when writing its sportsmanship and citizenship program. Administrators are urged to use many resources in the community, including student groups, parents, cheerleaders, coaches, boosters and others. With input from many sources, all those in the community can feel a pride in ownership of the sportsmanship and citizenship program.
Sample sportsmanship and citizenship school board resolutions:
Recognizing that participation in interscholastic activities is a privilege, the _________________School District requires that the conduct of student participants be exemplary at all times. Participants are representatives of the District and their school and must conduct themselves appropriately both while in school and out of school. Student participants who violate this policy are subject to being removed from the activity at the discretion of the coach, athletic director, event manager, or building principal.
The building principal, with input from coaches/advisors, parents, teachers and students, shall develop rules and/or conduct codes for all participants consistent with this policy and the rules adopted by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. These rules should contain a notice to participants that failure to abide by them could result in removal from the activity. The rules and conduct codes shall be reviewed by the building principal periodically at his/ her discretion and presented to the school board.
"Winning is for a day, sportsmanship and citizenship are for a lifetime."