Officials need to practice good sportsmanship
By Jay A. Cornils, CMAA
A number of years ago, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) formed a Sports Citizenship Initiative to prepare a report for high school officials. The report included a bullet list of "should's."
To begin with, officials should make the welfare of all players their paramount concern when administering all contests.
Officials should officiate in an unassuming manner. They should maintain poise, self-control and dignity throughout the contest.
Officials should never assess penalties out of anger, but rather because the behavior is inappropriate and deserving of consequences.
Officials should always shake hands with both coaches and administrators in public prior to a contest.
Officials should never make their partners look bad, even when they may have missed a call.