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.
IIAA SPORTSMANSHIP CHECK LIST
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.
_______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!
LOPSIDED GAME HINTS
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.