Just Play Fair! Resources
Policies & Procedures
Participating schools must follow these policies and procedures:
- Establishment of a sportsmanship and citizenship committee to coordinate the planning and implementation of the program.
- Adoption of a sportsmanship and citizenship resolution or statement of beliefs by the school board of the member school.
- Development of a code of conduct, written sportsmanship plan, and citizenship plan for players, coaches, spectators, cheerleaders and bands. This plan would include procedures for promoting and evaluating the sportsmanship and citizenship program, rebounding and recognizing good sports behavior, and reporting and acting on complaints of poor sports behavior.
A participating school must use at least five of the following methods to promote its sportsmanship and citizenship program:
- Create peer assistance at middle level and elementary schools.
- Produce radio or video public service announcements.
- Include a Just Play Fair! message in event programs or other school publications.
- Develop a Just Play Fair! recognition program.
- Create a sportsmanship and citizenship handbook for players and coaches.
- Print sportsmanship and citizenship ads in event programs/school newspaper.
- Develop sportsmanship and citizenship game announcements.
- Participate in league sportsmanship and citizenship activities.
- Conduct in-school programs or pep rallies emphasizing sportsmanship and citizenship.
- Invite speakers to emphasize sportsmanship and citizenship.
- Produce sportsmanship and citizenship brochures, posters, flyers or banners.
- Develop an in-school public address announcement program.
- Develop a handout describing the school and community, support for officials, and the importance of sportsmanship and citizenship that is given to all officials visiting the school.
- Create a media guide describing the school and its programs with emphasis placed on the importance of sportsmanship and citizenship.
- Create a sportsmanship link with other sports groups or colleges in the community.
During the course of each school year, participating schools should evaluate the benefits and successes of the program. They should also evaluate the promotional efforts, team and fan behavior, procedures to handle conflicts and recognition programs to reward good sports behavior.