Landmark Conference 2007-08 Fan Sportsmanship Program
2007-08 DIVISION III
FAN SPORTSMANSHIP PROGRAM
As adopted by the Landmark Conference
What does the DIIICA and the Landmark Conference mean by fan sportsmanship?
Ø Cheer for your team, not against the opponents
Ø Don't get personal in your comments about players, coaches
Ø No profanity, vulgarity, racist or sexist comments
The program focuses on three key areas:
Fan Education; Game Management Policy; Policy Enforcement
SECTION I - FAN EDUCATION EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM - FAN CODE OF CONDUCT STATEMENT
To be read before and during all athletic contests
as well as posted in game programs/flyers and signage on-site.
The NCAA, the Landmark Conference and (Insert Host Institution Name) promote good sportsmanship by student-athletes, coaches and spectators. We request your cooperation by supporting the participants and officials in a positive manner. Profanity, racial or sexist comments or other intimidating actions directed at officials, student-athletes, coaches or team representatives - as well as public intoxication, the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products are grounds for removal from the site of competition and other disciplinary actions.
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM continued -
LETTER TO PARENT(S)/GUARDIAN(S) OF STUDENT-ATHLETES (2009 edition)
Dear (Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Name),
We are pleased to have a member of your family as a student-athlete representing Susquehanna University and the Landmark Conference. The conference was formed by a group of like-minded chief executive officers and athletics directors who believe strongly that athletics are an integral and educational part of every student-athlete’s college experience. The members of our conference are Drew University, Goucher College, Juniata College, Moravian College, Susquehanna University, The Catholic University of America, The University of Scranton and the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
Parents are an important part of our athletics family. In the interest of helping our student-athletes make the most of their college experience and manage their adult responsibilities, we ask that parents not become involved in sport specific matters, such as playing time and strategy, with coaches. Rather we strongly recommend that such discussions, if necessary, take place between the student-athlete and the coach.
I would also like to make you aware of the fan sportsmanship initiative that the Landmark Conference implemented two years ago and is continuing and expanding this year. For the first time, this year, the Conference will be awarding Sportsmanship Cup to one of our eight institutions judged by student-athletes and coaches to display the most exemplary sportsmanship. We are proud that this award was conceived by our student- athletes. This initiative underscores their interest in sportsmanship. One of the criteria for the award is fan sportsmanship. The chief executive officers athletics directors and perhaps, most importantly, the student-athletes of the conference encourage your support of “Be Loud, Be Proud, Be Positive,” which asks fans to respect the following principles of good sportsmanship:
Ø Cheer for your team, not against the visitors
Ø Don't get personal in your comments about players, coaches or officials
Ø No profanity, vulgarity, racist or sexist comments
Ø Give players, coaches and officials their space by keeping away from the playing and team bench areas
We hope we can count on your support and if you experience a fan violating the spirit of this program, please inform one of the on-site administrators so it can be addressed. I look forward to an exciting season together.
John A. Reeves
Commissioner of the Landmark Conference
SECTION II - GAME MANAGEMENT POLICY
Game Management Policy
1. All athletic events must be staffed by a professional athletic department member. The responsibilities of this individual are as follows:
a. Make sure someone is available to greet the visiting team and show them to their locker room.
b. Introduce themselves to officials and visiting coaches as the on-site athletics department representative.
c. Notify officials, visiting coach, security personnel, if any, where they can be found during the contest should problems arise.
d. Assure safe passage of officials before, during and after the contest.
e. Help to maintain crowd control before, during and after the contest.
f. Enforce all Landmark Conference (institutional name) rules of conduct and sportsmanship including enforcing the crowd control statement.
g. Report significant problems to the respective athletics directors (host and visiting) and the conference office.
h. This individual must know all procedures for contacting emergency personnel or security.
2. The host institution must designate an individual other than the coach of the sport in play for the following events: field hockey, soccer (m/w), volleyball, basketball (m/w), lacrosse (m/w), baseball and softball.
3. The following events must be staffed by a department staff member, who may be the coach: tennis (m/w), golf, cross country (m/w), swimming and diving (m/w), track and field (m/w).
4. An institution's athletic schedule may require an individual to cover multiple events at once. When this occurs the individual must make sure they can be reached when moving from site to site.
5. Security staff: It is the host institution's responsibility to determine when and where security staff is necessary. Security staff, when assigned, should vigilantly monitor the crowd and be strategically placed on site to provide maximum coverage. If a visiting athletic director has concern about potential staffing for a particular event they must contact the host athletic director in advance and request staffing if desired. Members should also report any incidents that occur to their AD. If deemed serious the AD may report the incident to the conference commissioner, who may convene the "dispute resolution committee" to determine if further action is necessary.
6. The host institution must not permit organized groups of students from sitting directly behind the visiting team bench to harass, intimidate or otherwise verbally or physically abuse visiting team personnel.
7. The following Crowd Control Disclaimer should be read before the start of all athletic contests as well as during halftime/intermission and during the contest as needed. The host institution must strictly enforce its contents and warn/remove violators of the policy. The statement should also be included in game programs/flyers:
"The NCAA, Landmark Conference and (host institution name) promote good sportsmanship by student-athletes, coaches and spectators. We request your cooperation by supporting the participants and officials in a positive manner. Profanity, racial or sexist comments or other intimidating actions directed at officials, student-athletes, coaches or team representatives - as well as public intoxication, the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products are grounds for removal from the site of competition and other disciplinary actions."
SECTION III - POLICY ENFORCEMENT
The Landmark Conference/Institution Policy Statements on Enforcement
??? The Landmark Conference/institution> views participation in intercollegiate athletics and attendance at campus athletics events as privileges that can and will be revoked when such action is deemed appropriate.
??? Intercede and (if necessary) eject fans displaying unacceptable forms of behavior. Serious or chronic violations should result in a temporary loss of ticket privileges or even a permanent banishment from all athletics events. Serious violations should also be reported to the conference commissioner. Each report to the commissioner may be reviewed by the "Dispute Resolution Committee" and additional sanctions may be considered
??? Train gate and security personnel to deny admission or eject fans exhibiting behaviors attributable to alcohol use.
2007-08 ENDORSEMENT/ADOPTION PAGE
By signing this document I hereby pledge our commitment to the principles of the Division III Fan Sportsmanship Program and will adopt or create at least one program in each of the three areas (education, event management, and policy enforcement) in an effort to build positive fan sportsmanship within Division III.
Name of Institution OR Conference as Applicable John A. Reeves, Landmark Conference Commissioner
Name of Individual Submitting Form - AD or CEO (Print) Title
The Catholic University of America
The University of Scranton
United States Merchant Marine Academy