SPORTSMANSHIP Together we make the right call

Over the past several years, there has been an increase in unsporting behavior across the country. In North Carolina, the North Carolina 

High SchoolAthletic Association has seen an upswing in the number of ejections. (Click to expand view of graph)

The NCHSAA believes we can and must do better.

Education-based athletics is an extension of the classroom. It is difficult to learn the lessons expected through high school athletics in an environment that is lacking good behavior, sportsmanship and respect for all.

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That is why the NCHSAA is stepping up its efforts to promote good sportsmanship at our member schools through the “Sportsmanship … Together we make the right call” initiative.

To promote the campaign, the NCHSAA put together two public service announcements with NCHSAA Student-Athletes, Coaches, Officials and Parents getting the word out about what sportsmanship and education-based athletics is really all about. Those announcements premiered on Time Warner Cable’s High School Blitz Show on September 6th and are now available for all media outlets in the state to use upon request. The initiative will also be promoted throughout NCHSAA social media platforms using the hashtag #SportsmanshipTogether. Throughout the year, each social media platform will be highlighting those who lead by example in the area of sportsmanship.

 

NCHSAA Sportsmanship Expectations

The NCHSAA expects student-athletes, coaches and game officials to conduct themselves in a respectful and courteous manner. Disrespectful behavior in the playing area or from the sidelines can result in an ejection. As has been the case in the past, profanity directed at players or officials is a penalty and an ejection as well.

The NCHSAA has empowered officials to step up their enforcement surrounding bad behavior and language. They have also requested the help of coaches in getting the message about behavioral expectations to their assistant coaches, players and fans.

New Procedures & Enforcement Emphasis per Sport

Coaches and administrators are to role model excellence in their behavior on the sidelines. This year, in every NCHSAA sanctioned sport, there will be a strong emphasis on positive models of good behavior and professional conduct between coaches and game officials. In many sports, there will be new procedures for questioning an official’s call and stiffer penalties if those procedures are not followed.

Protocol By Sport

In closing … 

The above provisions have always been NCHSAA rules. The intention for spotlighting these rules is to educate coaches, officials, players and fans on the consequences of bad behavior and poor sportsmanship in and around the playing arena. It is also to inform all interested parties that issues surrounding sportsmanship and decorum will be dealt with more strongly as the NCHSAA has empowered and charged game officials to enforce these rules strictly. 

The NCHSAA places these points of emphasis in the hands of each of our constituent members (players, coaches and officials) in an effort to curb the completely preventable actions that cause many of the ejections we have seen over the last several years. We know that if all players, coaches, officials and fans work together towards a common goal of exhibiting good sportsmanship, we can truly make an impact on the lives of student-athletes! 

Sportsmanship … Together we make the right call!


All-Sports Protocol

  • Zero Tolerance for inappropriate language/profanity
  • Zero Tolerance for assistant coaches contesting calls

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Baseball & Softball Player/Coach Protocol

  • Inappropriate language/profanity – Automatic ejection
  • Assistant coaches contesting calls – Automatic ejection
  • If assistant coach is on the field (coaching bases) and contests a call – automatic ejection
    • If assistant coach is in dugout contesting call
  • No coach may come onto the field or to the home plate area to contest a call
    • If they come onto the field of play (between the foul lines) or immediately towards home plate – automatic ejection
    • Head coach may come to the respective foul line in front of their dugout, midway between home plate and first/third base, to confer with crew chief and base umpire (if necessary to explain the call) to make an appeal/protest
  • Head Coach Appeal:
    • This appeal/request must be done in a professional manner.
    • When a ruling is given, the appealing coach must return to the dugout.
    • If the call is overturned, opposing coach may come out to the foul line in front of their respective dugout for an explanation without penalty
  • Head Coach Appeal Consequences:
    • If the appealing head coach questions the call or is unsporting in his/her conference, a warning will be given.  This is to be recorded by the crew chief.
    • If the conversation/action of the appealing coach warrants, restriction to the dugout or/ejection will be given. This is to be recorded by the crew chief.
    • If the conversation/action of the appealing coach warrants, an immediate ejection can occur.  The 3-tier system of warn/restrict/eject is not mandatory.
  • Any player displaying verbal or physical dissent to an umpire
    • Restricted to the dugout (disqualified)
    • 2nd offense – ejection from contest

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Basketball Player/Coach Protocol

  • Inappropriate language/profanity – Automatic Technical Foul
    • Technical foul – loss of coaching box
    • If directed at an official – immediate ejection
      • 2-game sanction
      • Completion of NFHS “Teaching and Modeling Behavior” course before returning to coaching duties.
  • Assistant coaches contesting calls – Automatic Technical Foul
    • If Indirect technical foul to Head Coach – loss of Coaching Box
  • Any physical or verbal display in a negative/demonstrative manner
    • Technical foul – loss of coaching box
      • Counts as 1 of 2 towards disqualification
    • If by a player – automatic technical foul 
      • Counts as 1 of 5 personal fouls and a team foul
  • Any physical or verbal display in a negative/demonstrative manner by school administrator
    • Stop game and warn
    • 2nd offense – Game suspended until administrator leaves the area

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Football Player/Coach Protocol

  • Inappropriate language/profanity – Automatic Unsportsmanlike Penalty (15-yard)
    • Unsporting foul on the team bench – charged to the Head Coach
    • If directed at an official – immediate ejection
      • 1-game sanction
      • Completion of NFHS “Teaching and Modeling Behavior” course before returning to coaching duties
  • Assistant coaches contesting calls – Automatic Unsportsmanlike Penalty (15-yard)
    • Unsporting foul on the team bench – charged to the Head Coach
    • 1 of 2 unsporting fouls charged to the Head Coach
  • On 2nd offense, Head Coach is ejected
  • Any coach/player coming onto the playing field to contest a call
    • Automatic unsporting foul charged to coach/player
  • Any player displaying verbal or physical dissent to an official
    • Unsporting 15-yard penalty
    • 1 of 2 allowed for game disqualification
  • Any physical or verbal display in a negative/demonstrative manner by school administrator
    • Stop game and warn
    • 2nd offense – Game suspended until administrator leaves the area

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Soccer Player/Coach Protocol

  • Inappropriate language/profanity – Automatic Unsportsmanlike – Yellow Card issued
    • Unsporting foul on the team bench – charged to the Head Coach
    • If directed at an official – immediate ejection
      • 2-game sanction
      • Completion of NFHS “Teaching and Modeling Behavior” course before returning to coaching duties
  • Assistant coaches contesting calls
    • Unsporting foul on the team bench – Yellow Card issued charged to the Head Coach
    • 1 of 2 unsporting fouls charged to Head Coach
    • On 2nd offense, Head Coach is ejected – Red Card issued
  • Any player displaying verbal or physical dissent to an official
    • Immediate Yellow Card issued
    • 1 of 2 allowed for match disqualification
  • Any physical or verbal display in a negative/demonstrative manner by school administrator
    • Stop game and warn
    • 2nd offense – Game suspended until administrator leaves the area

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Wrestling Player/Coach Protocol

  • Inappropriate language/profanity – Misconduct Penalty – loss of team point
    • Unsportsmanlike conduct on the team bench – charged to the Head Coach
      • No warning – penalty issued
      • Loss of team point
    • If directed at an official – immediate ejection
      • 2-game sanction
      • Completion of NFHS “Teaching and Modeling Behavior” course before returning to coaching duties
  • Assistant coaches contesting calls) – Misconduct Penalty – loss of team point
    • Unsportsmanlike conduct on the team bench – charged to the Head Coach
      • If an individual tournament and an Assistant Coach is the only one in the corner – charged directly to the Assistant Coach
      • Loss of 1 team point
    • 1 of 2 unsportsmanlike conduct penalties charged to Head Coach
      • On 2nd offense, Head Coach is ejected (for remainder of the event/day)
      • Loss of 2 team points
  • Any player displaying verbal or physical misconduct to an official
    • Loss of 1 team point
    • On 2nd offense, wrestler disqualified and loss of 2 team points
  • Any physical or verbal display in a negative/demonstrative manner by school administrator
    • Stop game and warn
    • 2nd offense – Game suspended until administrator leaves the area

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Volleyball Player/Coach Protocol

  • Inappropriate language/profanity – Automatic Unsportsmanlike
    • Unsporting foul on the team bench – charged to the Head Coach
      • Head Coach loses their right to stand and must remain seated for the remainder of the match
    • If directed at an official – immediate ejection
      • 2-game sanction
      • Completion of NFHS “Teaching and Modeling Behavior” course before returning to coaching duties
  • Assistant coaches contesting calls
    • Unsporting foul on the team bench – charged to the Head Coach
      • Administrative Yellow Card issued
    • 1 of 2 unsporting fouls charged to Head Coach
      • On 2nd offense, Head Coach is ejected – Unsporting Red Card shown apart. A red card is a penalty point.
  • Any player displaying verbal or physical misconduct to an official
    • Yellow Card Issued
    • On 2nd offense – Player issued Red Card and Disqualified
      • This includes any demonstration made towards the opponent after points scored – considered taunting.  Keep between points/game celebrations contained to their own team
  • Any physical or verbal display in a negative/demonstrative manner by school administrator
    • Stop game and warn
    • 2nd offense – Game suspended until administrator leaves the area

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