MTLSD CODE OF CONDUCT
Athletic Codes of Conduct
It is the belief of the Mt. Lebanon School District that high standards of conduct and citizenship are essential in maintaining a sound program of athletics. The welfare of the student is our major consideration and transcends any other consideration.
All athletes shall abide by a code of conduct which will earn them the honor and respect that participation and competition in the interscholastic program affords. Any conduct that results in dishonor to the athlete, the team or the school will not be tolerated. Acts of unacceptable conduct tarnish the reputation of everyone associated with the athletic program.
Code of Conduct
As a member of a co-curricular activity at Mt. Lebanon School District, you should be fully aware that participation in our co-curricular program is a privilege not a right.
As a representative of the Mt. Lebanon School District, your actions should be examples of our approved core values and citizenship initiatives.
- Respect human dignity (respect for self and respect for others)
- Demonstrate active responsibility for the welfare of others
- Integrate individual interests and social responsibilities
- Demonstrate integrity
- Apply moral principles when making choices and judgments
- Seek peaceful resolution of conflict
- Represent the positive values of pride, discipline, honesty and perseverance
- Develop a proper perspective of the activity
- Exemplify the qualities of sportsmanship
- Emphasize the importance of working as a team
- Stress a healthy lifestyle including the importance of proper nutrition and refraining from the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco
- Participate in community service. Instilling the values of teamwork and team building outside the co-curricular activity
Penalties for Violation
When serious violations of the Code of Conduct occur, the athletic director and principal will meet to determine the penalty according to the degree of the infraction. Violations of the Code of Conduct may result in the temporary or permanent loss of program participation.
Students are prohibited from organizing, soliciting, aiding or participating in any type of hazing for any class, school-sponsored club, activity, or athletic team. Hazing is any intentional, knowing or reckless act directed against a student for the purpose of being initiated into, affiliation with, holding office or maintaining membership in any class, school-sponsored club, activity, or athletic team. Hazing is any activity expected of someone joining or belonging to a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses or endangers, regardless of the person=s willingness to participate. Students are required to report any known or suspected form of hazing to a principal immediately. Disciplinary action including, but not limited to, permanent removal from the class, club, activity, or athletic team, may be taken against any students who organize, participate in, and/or fail to report a hazing rite.
Student-athletes who are good sports are positive role models within our school and the community at large. A good sport knows that athletic competition builds character and shapes lifetime attitudes. You, in turn, experience additional educational and leadership benefits that come from participation in sports.
Integrity, fairness and respect – these are the principles of good sportsmanship. With them, the spirit of competition thrives, fueled by honest rivalry, courteous relations, and graceful acceptance of the results.
Working to that end, we join with the PIAA to support a program called ASportsmanship: The only missing piece is you!@ This is a program designed to positively change behavior in our schools and reinforce and reward the need for sportsmanship as one of the values taught through educational athletics.
As an athlete at our school, your sportsmanship goals should include:
- Developing a sense of dignity under all circumstances;
- Respecting the rules of the game, the officials who administer the rules and their decisions;
Respecting opponents as fellow students and acknowledging them for striving to do their best while you seek to do your best at the same time;
- Looking at athletic participation as a potentially beneficial learning experience, whether you win or lose;
- Educating other students and fans to understand the rules of the contest, and the value of sportsmanship;
- Accepting the personal responsibility that comes with your actions during competition.
You are the spokesperson for our school when you represent us in athletic competition. Your actions are viewed by family and friends, opposing fans, the local community and media. Your display of good sportsmanship will show the most positive things about you and our school and will remind us all that in the end, sports is meant to be fun.