Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Challenge Accepted! Student Section Sportsmanship Challenge

Gordon-Rushville High School has challenged our student cheering section to a contest this Saturday during the varsity basketball games in Gordon.

This challenge relates to conversations we've had with several panhandle schools to promote student cheering sections ...like the Birdcage, and to promote the sportsmanship guidelines set by the Nebraska Schools Activities Association.  Participating in this challenge will give our schools an opportunity to review and practice these guidelines prior to the hopeful participation in district and state tournaments this spring.

The sportsmanship guidelines for this Saturday include:

Positive Behavior (points added)

  • Applaud during introductions of all players, coaches and officials
  • Stand to remove head cover during the National Anthem
  • Treat the contest as a game (not a war)
  • Recognize opposing players and coaches for outstanding performances
  • Applaud the performance of all contestants after the contest
  • Show appropriate concern for injured players regardless of team affiliation
  • Encourage surrounding people/fans to display only sportsmanlike conduct
Negative Behavior (points deducted)
  • Yelling or chanting at opponents
  • Making derogatory yells, chants, songs, or gestures
  • Booing or heckling an official's decision
  • Criticizing official's in any way: displaying temper with an official's call
  • Blaming loss on game officials, coaches or players
  • Laughing or name-calling to distract an opponent
  • Using profanity or displaying anger that draws attention away from the contest
  • Inappropriate use of social media or technology

Let's Go Birdcage!  #GoCardsNation