According to the Arkansas Activities Association handbook, school administrators are individually responsible for promoting and supporting good sportsmanship, and maintaining control over student groups in the implementation of the school’s sportsmanship program.
Behavior expectations of spectators, as relayed in the state AAA handbook, include:
• Applaud during introduction of players, coaches, and officials.
• Accept all decisions of the officials.
• Shake hands with other student-athletes and coaches after the contest regardless of the outcome.
• Treat competition as a game, not a war.
• Search out opposing players to recognize them for outstanding performance or coaching.
• Applaud at end of contest for performances of all participants.
• Show concern for injured players regardless of team.
• Encourage surrounding people to display only sportsmanlike conduct.
• During the National Anthem, students, participants, and fans should remove any hats, face the flag, not talk, and remain still until the end of the anthem.
• During the National Anthem follow the music and lyrics precisely when singing.
• Cheerleaders lead fans in positive school yells in a positive manner.
Unacceptable behaviors include:
• Yelling or chanting at opponents.
• Making derogatory yells, chants, songs, or gestures, (i.e. “air ball,” “miss it,” “Hit the Road Jack.”)
• Booing or heckling officials or opposing team.
• Criticizing officials in any way; displays of temper with an official’s call.
• Refusing to shake hands or to recognize a good performance.
• Blaming losses on contest officials, coaches, or participants.
• Laughing or name-calling to distract an opponent.
• Using profanity or displays of anger that draw attention away from the contest.
• Doing own yells instead of following lead of cheerleaders.
• Demeaning acts such as audible remarks, actions, or gestures (i.e. turning backward during introductions, holding up newspapers, shaking car keys, comments after each player is introduced, etc.)
According to the handbook the following sportsmanship rules are effective at all AAA state events:
• General face/body painting is not permitted. Partial face painting is permitted such as small markings on the cheeks.
• All signs must show only positive support. Those which direct negative comments towards opponents or are unsportsmanlike or vulgar are not permitted. No handheld signs, banners, pennants, or poms are permitted at any AAA state play-off or champion- ship event. Poms are allowed at outdoor events.
• Artificial noisemakers shall not be used at any indoor event. Artificial noisemakers are items such as, but not limited to, megaphones, air horns, bells, whistles, clickers, thunder sticks, explosive devices, tape/CD players, and radios.
• Balloons are not permitted at any AAA state play-off or championship event.
• Bare chests are not permitted. Shirts must be worn.
• Throwing objects onto the playing area be- fore, during, or after a contest is not permitted. At no time before, during, or after a contest shall spectators be permitted to enter the playing field. Verbal harassment or derogatory remarks directed toward an opponent or official are not permitted. Spectators are not permitted to hold up newspapers while teams are being introduced or when teams, cheerleaders, or dance teams are performing.
• Instant replays of controversial calls are prohibited.