What We Expect


The IIAA puts tremendous effort in promoting sportsmanship.  Sportsmanship is constantly reinforced to staff and youth.  After every game, coaches from both teams complete a sportsmanship rating of that game (they rate the other team and their own team).  Throughout a sports’ season, coaches are provided with a report showing the sportsmanship ratings.


Webster’s dictionary defines a sportsman as a “person who can take loss or defeat without complaint, victory without boasting or gloating, and who treats his opponents with fairness, generosity and courtesy.”

Write the name of the competing teams under “TEAM NAME” Rate on a scale from
1 to 3 (1 being low, 3 being high) how you feel the teams fulfilled each sportsmanship statement.


DIVISION (mark one):  Boys_______   Girls_______  YD_______

           TEAM NAME                                                                             TEAM NAME                       ____________                                                                         ____________ 

1. ______       Does not give up.                                                                   1._____
2. ______       Does not argue with officials or coaches.                         2._____
3. ______       Does not act superior or show off.                                     3._____
4. _____          Does not irritate or annoy others.                                     4._____
5. _____          Does not embarrass or make fun of others.                    5._____
6. _____          Expresses anger or frustration non aggressively.          6._____
7. _____           Accepts defeat or victory with grace.                               7._____
8. _____          Follows the rules.                                                                 8._____
9. _____          Makes positive statements about qualities and             9. _____                                     accomplishments of others on his/her team and the opponents.
10. _____       The coach modeled exemplary behavior by showing   10._____                                                   respect to all players, officials and other coaches.
_____Total                                                                                           Total_____

_______GAME SCORE                                               GAME SCORE______

Completed By: Agency:_________________________

The only award coaches receive from the IIAA is a plaque when they have led their teams to high levels of sportsmanship!



Because of the different  populations in the various facilities, the IIAA oftentimes has mismatched games.  To balance these games, coaches/staff are provided with a list of “lopsided game hints” for each sport which spells out strategies that can be used to make the game a positive event for both teams.  For example, in basketball, our rules state that “the stronger team must implement the following:  no pressure defense, no fast breaks, do not stall, play extremely tight zone to allow weaker team some uncontested shots —  and make sure your kids do this in a respectful manner.”

A coach has the responsibility to assure that both teams, his team and the opponents, have a successful game.

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