The Landmark Conference has placed special emphasis on sportsmanship since its inception. Athletic Directors from each of the nine member institutions support good sportsmanship and have behavioral expectations at their contests and events.
A fan sportsmanship program was developed for the inaugural year in 2007-08 and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) created a Sportsmanship Cup to recognize the top institution demonstrating sportsmanship each year. The Cup was replaced in 2013 with the All-Sportsmanship Team.
Fair and respectful conduct toward all participants and supporters is a tenet of Division III, one that the Landmark and its members strive to achieve at all times. Conference members believe that outstanding sportsmanship and civility are important expectations for all participants to experience at each athletic event, particularly at contests between conference members. Fans and participants are expected to represent their teams, institutions and the conference with behavior above reproach, and to observe the principles of good sportsmanship – civility, respect, honesty, dignity, courtesy, fairness, and integrity.
These are our principles for fans attending our events:
- Support our family - cheer for our team, not against our opponent
- Do not get personal in your comments about players, coaches, or officials
- No profanity, vulgarity, racist, or sexist comments
- Treat fellow fans, event staff, and officials with respect
- Give players, coaches and officials their space by keeping away from the playing and team bench areas
- Fans not in compliance with these principles may be removed from the event site
NCAA Principle of Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct
For intercollegiate athletics to promote the character development of participants, to enhance the integrity of higher education and to promote civility in society, student-athletes, coaches, and all others associated with these athletics programs and events should adhere to such fundamental values as respect, fairness, civility, honesty and responsibility. These values should be manifest not only in athletics participation but also in the broad spectrum of activities affecting the athletics program.