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Good sportsmanship is the attitude and behavior that exemplifies positive support for the interscholastic athletic and activity programs of the Minnesota State High School League's member schools, as well as for the individuals who participate. People involved in all facets of interscholastic athletic and activity programs are expected to demonstrate respect for others, elevate the standards of sportsmanship and encourage the growth of responsible citizenship among students, spectators, member schools and their personnel.

Good sportsmanship is not merely a campaign - it is the essence of what educational athletics and activities are about. The resources linked to this page will aid your school in the development and promotion of a healthy sport environment. It's loaded with resources, ideas and easy-to-grasp tips you can use in your efforts to stress sportsmanship, citizenship and respect in your school community. Let all of us who have the opportunity promote the ideals of sportsmanship, so that today's students and tomorrow's citizens may build a better society.


The Minnesota State High School League’s vision for sportsmanship is built on expectations. It calls on the school community — teachers, coaches, students, parents, and directors of music, speech, debate and drama — to strive for sportsmanship in everything they do by teaching the values of dignity, equity, fairness and respect.

The Good Sports Program is the plan that drives the League’s vision for sportsmanship. The program, which began in 1995, challenges member schools to develop a year-round sportsmanship program and submit it to the League office. The sportsmanship plan must include codes of conduct, promotional strategies, and a method to evaluate the effectiveness of the sportsmanship program. The League provides sportsmanship banners to schools enrolled in this program.

Nearly 400 League member schools are currently enrolled in the Good Sports Program. Please check the list of participating schools to make sure your school is a part of this program. If it is not, then you have some work to do.

The Good Sports Manual is available to help schools develop a sportsmanship program that complies with the Good Sports Program criteria. It’s loaded with ideas and easy-to-grasp tips you can use in your efforts to stress sportsmanship in your school community. This manual will be updated annually with new ideas for promoting sportsmanship.

Sportsmanship Resources

Good Sports Program
  • Manual
  • Q & A
  • Participating School List

    Tools for Schools
  • Behavior Expectations Card
  • Parent's Guide (With Pledge)
  • Parent's Guide (Without Pledge)
  • Sample Outline for Pre-game Meeting
  • Abusive Behavior Warning Card
  • Positive Support Reminder Card

    Tip of the Month
  • Sportsmanship is Everyone's Responsibility

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