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WPS Student-Athlete Sportsmanship Expectations

  1. Always play by the rules. One honest victory is better than a thousand wins in deceit.
  2. Win with humility. Lose with dignity.
  3. Give credit to your opponent. Don't blame losses on your own mistakes. Tip your hat to your opponent for causing and taking advantage of those mistakes.
  4. Never blame the officials. They are human and they are going to make mistakes, just like coaches and players. It's a part of the game. Accept it and move on.
  5. Cheer your teammates on when they are struggling. Never express disappointment. The next time they might be picking you up when you are struggling.
  6. Sports are emotional. Channel positive emotions toward your teammates. Never channel negative emotions toward your opponents.
  7. Don't emulate everything you see on television. Athletes who call attention to themselves are disrespectful to their opponents and also their own teammates.
  8. Remember that being a great team player means taking more than your share of the blame and less than your share of credit.
  9. Two wrongs never make a right. If someone does something unsportsmanlike to you, don't lower yourself to his or her poor standards. Take the higher road.
  10. Remember that you represent more than just yourself. You represent your school, your coaches and your family. Make them all proud of the way you carry yourself.