We are committed to teaching our participants to strive for excellence and to properly handle whatever adversity they encounter along the way. The greatest challenge to good sportsmanship is adversity. When things are not going well, the easy response is to shift the blame. In particular, to shift it away from ourselves or our team to our opponents, and often, to the officials. When this is done, the focus is away from the positive “to play harder or better,” to the negative “how can we possibly overcome the bad calls.” We feel it is essential that our coaches, athletes and spectators maintain a positive approach to handling adversity. Abusive behavior of any kind is counter-productive to what we are trying to teach. In addition, it creates a very uncomfortable environment for the spectators who come out to support their athletes and wish to enjoy the competition. We are asking all our fans to keep comments positive and upbeat. 

In sports where officials are required, we hire officials that are deemed competent by our organization and sport directors. They are not perfect, and their interpretation of the action may be different from yours. However, they are an essential part of the game, and they are doing the best they can. Let’s strive to pay less attention to their performance and more to the superb skills of our athletes.  

Whether you are coaching, playing or spectating, please CLICK HERE and review the Cornhusker State Games Sportsmanship Conduct Policy.