The America East Sportsmanship Spot
America East Sportsmanship
Code of Ethics:
i. Show respect to teammates, opposing players, coaches, referees and spectators.
ii. Oppose cheating, intimidation, vulgar language.
iii. Defend the game against racism and violence.
iv. Play by the rules of the NCAA and America East (Fair Play).
v. Be gracious in victory; Demonstrate dignity in defeat.
vi. Accept responsibility for our actions.
vii. Be aware of consequences of foul language and poor behavior.
viii. Share knowledge for the good of the conference.
ix. Promote the game in a way that is passionate, competitive, safe and honest.
The America East Conference is committed to maintaining proper sportsmanship and to providing a healthy environment for competition between all of its over 3,400 student-athletes. Through a Sportsmanship Committee, sportsmanship initiatives and an awards program, America East promotes good sportsmanship throughout the year.
Before every America East sporting event, the following public address announcement is read:
"America East and the host institution encourage and promote good sporting conduct by student-athletes, coaches and spectators. We request your cooperation by supporting the participants and the officials in a positive manner. America East asks that you refrain froM foul language and other derogatory behavior. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in ejection and may result in your team being penalized. Please note that reminders regarding the America East sportsmanship policy are posted inside the venue. Enjoy the game!"
The Conference debuted the S.T.A.R.S. Sportsmanship Initiative in the Fall of 2009. During Sportsmanship Month, all nine America East institutions held S.T.A.R.S. (Student-Athletes Advancing Respect through Sports) sportsmanship initiatives on campus. Each S.T.A.R.S. event gave America East student-athletes a chance to interact with youth athletes and help develop their sense of sportsmanship, with each of the schools creating its own unique set of activities to teach the youth athletes the meaning of good sportsmanship.
America East has also welcomed student-athletes to the conference office in Cambridge for leadership summits where student-athletes can discuss leadership, sportsmanship and fair play off the field and away from competition.
A male and female Sportsmanship Award winner is announced each spring for sportmanship demonstrated over the previous year. To be nominated, an individual or team must have demonstrated consistently the values of caring, fairness, civility, honesty, integrity and responsibility in his or her daily participation in intercollegiate athletics. America East began awarding a conference
America East Sportsmanship Award Winners
Sportsmanship Award to a male and female student-athlete for the 2005-06 academic year based on the same principles and criteria as the NCAA Sportsmanship Awards. The 2008 female recipient, Hartford’s Latasha Jarrett, went on to be named the NCAA’s Division I Sportswoman of the Year.
America East Online Feature on America East swimmers and divers honoring
a fellow competitor during the 2011 America East Swimming & Diving Championship
America East On Campus feature on Latasha Jarrett