Spectator Guidelines and Expectations

Guidelines For Behavior Of WPS Fan/Spectators At Home Or Away Athletic Events

  • Remember that you are at a contest to support and cheer for your team and to enjoy the skill and competition; not to intimidate or ridicule the other team and its fans.
  • Use only those cheers that support and uplift the teams involved.
  • Remember that Upper School/Middle School athletics are a learning experience for students and that mistakes are sometimes made. Praise student-athletes in their attempt to improve themselves as students, as athletes and as people.
  • It is a privilege being a spectator or fan at home/away athletic contests. It does not give you the license to verbally assault others and be generally obnoxious.
  • Learn the rules of the game so that you may understand and appreciate why certain situations take place.
  • Show respect for the opposing players, coaches, spectators and support groups. Treat them as you would treat a guest in your own home.
  • Respect the integrity and judgment of the contest official(s). Understand that they are doing their best to help promote the student-athlete, and admire their willingness to participate in full view of the public.
  • Recognize and show appreciation for an outstanding play by either team.
  • Be a positive role model through your own actions and by censuring those around you whose behavior is unbecoming.

Acceptable Behavior...

  • Applause during introduction of players, coaches and contest officials.
  • Accept all decisions of contest officials.
  • Cheerleaders lead fans in cheers in a positive manner.
  • Treat competition as a contest, not a war.
  • Applause at the end of contest for performances of all participants.
  • Everyone showing concern for an injured player, regardless of team.
  • Encourage surrounding people to display only sportsmanlike conduct.

Unacceptable Behavior...

  • Yelling or waving arms or objects during opponent's free throw attempt.
  • Disrespectful or derogatory cheers, chants, songs, or gestures.
  • Criticizing officials in any way, displays of temper with an official's call.
  • Cheers that antagonize opponents.
  • Blaming loss of contest on officials, coaches, or participants.
  • Laughing or name-calling to distract an opponent.
  • Use of profanity or displays of anger that draw attention away from the contest.
  • Parent addressing a question or concern immediately before or after a contest, instead of calling to make an appointment to meet with the coach.