CODE OF CONDUCT
MACLAY SCHOOL STUDENT-ATHLETES
Interscholastic athletic competition should demonstrate high standards of ethics and sportsmanship and promote the development of good character and other important life skills and Maclay School annually strives for the FHSAA Sportsmanship Award. The highest potential of sports is achieved when participants are committed to pursuing victory with honor according to six core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship. To participate in athletics at Maclay, student-athletes must obey this Code of Conduct.
1. Trustworthiness — be worthy of trust in all things.
2. Integrity — live up to high ideals of ethics and sportsmanship and always pursue victory with honor; do what’s right even when it’s unpopular or personally costly.
3. Honesty — live and compete honorably; don’t lie, cheat, steal or engage in any other dishonest or unsportsmanlike conduct.
4. Reliability — fulfill commitments; do what one says one will do; be on time to practices and games.
5. Loyalty — be loyal to the school and team; put the team above personal glory.
6. Respect — treat all people with respect all the time and require the same of other student-athletes.
7. Class — live and play with class; be a good sport; be gracious in victory and accept defeat with dignity; give fallen opponents help, compliment extraordinary performance, show sincere respect in pre- and post-game rituals.
8. Disrespectful Conduct — don’t engage in disrespectful conduct of any sort including profanity, obscene gestures, offensive remarks of a sexual or racial nature, trash-talking, taunting, boastful celebrations, or other actions that demean individuals or the sport.
9. Respect Officials — treat officials with respect; don’t complain about or argue with official calls or decisions during or after an athletic event; help retrieve the ball when possible.
10. Importance of Education — be a student first and commit to getting the best education possible; be honest with oneself about the likelihood of getting an athletic scholarship or playing on a professional level and remember that many universities will not recruit student-athletes who do not have a serious commitment to their education, the ability to succeed academically, or the character to represent their institution honorably.
11. Role-Modeling — remember that participation in sports is a privilege, not a right, and that student-athletes are expected to represent the school, coach, and teammates with honor, on and off the field; consistently exhibit good character and conduct oneself as a positive role model.
12. Self-Control — exercise self-control; don’t fight or show excessive anger or frustration; have the strength to overcome the temptation to retaliate.
13. Healthy Lifestyle — safeguard one’s health; don’t use any illegal or unhealthy substances including alcohol, tobacco and drugs or engage in any unhealthy techniques to gain, lose, or maintain weight.
14. Integrity of the Game — protect the integrity of the game; don’t gamble.
15. Be Fair — live up to high standards of fair play; be open-minded; always be willing to listen and learn.
16. Others — demonstrate concern for others; never intentionally injure any player or engage in reckless behavior that might cause injury to oneself or others.
17. Teammates — help promote the well-being of teammates by positive counseling and encouragement or by reporting any unhealthy or dangerous conduct to coaches.
18. Play by the Rules — maintain a thorough knowledge of and abide by all applicable game and competition rules.
19. Spirit of Rules — honor the spirit and the letter of rules; avoid temptations to gain competitive advantage through improper gamesmanship techniques that violate the highest traditions of sportsmanship.
Student-athletes who do not perform according to this Code may be sanctioned. Sanctions include partial or full game suspensions, season suspension or extra conditioning at practice. Suspension or termination of the participation privilege is within the sole discretion of the school administration.