1. Show respect for the opponent at all times. The opponent should be treated as a guest or host, greeted cordially on arriving, and if at home they should be given the best accommodations and accorded the respect, honesty and generosity that all people deserve. In the field of competition, respect for opponents is central to good sportsmanship.
2. Show respect for the officials. The officials should be recognized as impartial arbiters who are trained to do their job and who can be expected to do it to the best of their ability. Sportsmanship implies the willingness to accept and abide by the decisions of the officials.
3. Know, understand, and appreciate the rules of the contest. A familiarity with the current rules of the game and the recognition of their necessity for a fair contest is essential. Good sportsmanship includes the importance of conforming to the spirit as well as the letter of the rules.
4. Maintain self-control at all times. A prerequisite of sportsmanship is to prevent the desire to win from overcoming rational behavior. A proper perspective must be maintained if the potential educational values of athletic competition are to be realized. We expect sportsmanship from everyone involved in the game.
5. Recognize and appreciate skill in performance regardless of affiliation. Applause for a good performance of an opponent is a demonstration of generosity and good will. The ability to recognize quality in performance and the willingness to acknowledge it without regard to team membership is one of the most highly commendable gestures of sportsmanship.
6. Always play fair. We play within the rules, and fairly as well. A player with good sportsmanship does not want a hollow victory that comes as a result of cheating ("dirty" fouls, ineligible players, performance enhancing drugs, etc.)
7. Follow the directions of the coach. A player with good sportsmanship listens to and follows the directions of the coach, realizing that each player’s decisions affect the rest of the team. If a player has disagreements with the coach, the player discusses the disagreements privately in a civil manner, away from the public eye.
8. Use positive language. Trash talking, profanity and negative comments are not acceptable. Help us maintain and encourage a positive atmosphere.