2018 Sportsmanship Initiative

Updated Monday January 15, 2018 by Pat Moore.

2018 Sportsmanship Initiative

Teams Play, Fans Cheer, Refs Officiate and everyone Stays Positive!


We are hoping all participants in our program see this email.  It is a great summary of our initiative.

  Click here for email

Folowing is the pre-game prayer we are using for all games this year.  We want to publicize a common message for all games.

  Click here for pre-game prayer

We know no one will experience a perfectly officiated game but we are always looking for opportunities to improve.  Click on the following to complete a survey for a South Central Basketball Game.

   BB2018 Game Survey

We are looking for good definitions of sportsmanship.  Add your thoughts to the following and we'll publish outstanding definitions on this page.

  Link to Document

No one enjoys a game where the difference in score is huge.  We are looking for suggestions on reducing such games and would appreciate comments from winning and losing teams in the following google doc.

  Link to Document

Sportsmanship Comments for First Week of Play:

We completed our first week of play.  We are still collecting collecting/keying data but following are some comments.

- We did not get a sportsmanship mark for all teams but most of the scores gave a marking of stellar or average.  We realze this is subjective but still useful information.

- We had one double technical called on 2 players, 1 technical called on a coach, and two comments on the coaching style of the head coach.  We typically do not start the season with technicals but I guess that is better than ending the season with technicals

- We know the common prayer was not used in some gyms.


Three Great Stories from Week 1

A boys' team had a comfortable lead by the fourth quarter.  Rather than stalling or playing keep away, the team ran its regular plays but limited shooting to one player thus minimizing more baskets.  The home team was appreciative of the good sportsmanship exhibited by the coach and players. 

The 5GA team from St Paul started the game with 5 players but was down to 4 players.  At that time, the St Gerard Majella team elected to play with 4 players also.

The scorekeepers comment for the 8GAB game at Annunciation on Friday 1/5 between Annunciation and Villa was "Fun.  Loud fans and hard playing girls with smiles.  Tons of cheering and sportsmanship."

Check out our banner.  You should see it in every gym to reinforce our 2018 common message.