Spectator Behavior

The East Haven High School Athletic Department's mission is to provide a comprehensive, diverse, wholesome and dynamic program which is consistent with the basic philosophy of the East Haven School District. As an integral part of of a student's total education, East Haven athletics makes a significant contribution to the personal growth and development of those involved.

The East Haven School District is extremely proud of the success of its many programs but does not condone a "win at all costs" attitude. The purpose of the program is to ensure a positive experience for those students who choose to participate. It also is our goal to provide all student-athletes with an opportunity to learn the importance of ethical behavior, good sportsmanship, positive values, and a realization of their self worth.

"To foster and promote the spirit of good sportsmanship and cultural diversity"

- Southern Connecticut Conference Constitution, circa 1994.

What is sportsmanship?

Good sportsmanship is viewed by the National Federation of State High School Associations as a commitment to fair play, ethical behavior and integrity. In perception and practice, sportsmanship is defined as those qualities which are characterized by generosity and genuine concern for others:

  • Play fair, take loss or defeat without complaint, or victory without gloating
  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Respect others and one's self
  • Impose self-control, be courteous, and gracefully accept results of one's actions
  • Display ethical behavior by being good (character) and doing right (action)
  • Be a good citizen.

Spectator Expectations

1. Respect decisions made by contest officials.

2. Refrain from taunting, booing, heckling and the use of profanity in any manner.

3. Sit in the designated area assigned to each school.

4. Leaving a contest prior to its conclusion, with expectations of returning, may not be permitted.

5. Admission to this contest is not a license to verbally assault others or to be generally obnoxious or offensive.

6. Respect athletes, coaches and fans.

Be a Fan... Not a Fanatic!