08/23/13 – Soccer Sportsmanship

August 23, 2013 Soccer Blog Updates

The practice of good sportsmanship is integral to conducting an interscholastic athletic contest. After reviewing the Disqualification reports from the first three days of the season, we have 25 student/athletes or Coaches that have been removed from their games. Granted, a few of these are due to second cautions of reckless play, but far too many of these are for dissent, vulgar/profane language or fighting. After discussing this with the Commissioner, I want to remind you that this type of behavior will not be tolerated. The Board of Control has empowered the Commissioner to add additional fines to the school for repeated offences that show a lack of institutional control. I am fairly confident that those coaches who don’t have these issues arise in their programs are as tired as I am with listening to people say “that’s Soccer”. It is a great game and it doesn’t have to be played in an unsporting manner. Please take time today at practice or before your next game and talk to your players about how they conduct themselves before, during and after competitions. Make sure they understand how their behavior not only impacts the team and school, but the sport itself.