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PIAA Sportsmanship Message[]

ALL OFFICIALS MUST READ THIS MESSAGE TO CAPTAINS AND HEAD COACHES PRIOR TO GAMES AT ALL LEVELS.


PIAA requires all registered sports' officials to enforce the sportsmanship rules for coaches and contestants.[]

Actions meant to demean opposing contestants, team, spectators, and officials are not in the highest ideals of interscholastic education and will not be tolerated. Let today's contest reflect mutual respect. Coaches please certify to the officials that your players are legally equipped and uniformed according to NFHS rules and PIAA adoptions. Good luck in today's contest.[]

For distribution purposes, this message is printed on the back of all PIAA registered sports officials' 2009-2010 identification cards. Chapter interpreters are requested to remind all officials to read this message at each contest they officiate. There have been some concerns addressed by the schools that some of our officials are not reading the PIAA Sportsmanship message prior to the contest. This is an improper procedure and this message MUST be read. Officials are not to paraphrase, modify, or develop their own Sportsmanship Message to the captains and head coaches. The proper procedure is head coaches and captains MUST attend the pre-game reading of the sportsmanship message.

This message MUST BE READ VERBATIM by the referee or his/her designee. Coaches must certify to the contest officials their team is legally equipped and in compliance with NFHS Swimming and Diving Rules. The reading of this message will set the tone for the meet to be played in the spirit of good sportsmanship and have the coaches verbally confirm aloud their teams' adherence to compliance with equipment and safety rules. This confirmation is not only the adherence to meet rules, but also assists in alleviating the legal liability concerns for the officials if the teams subsequently violate the proper equipment provisions of the meet rules.

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