Bay State Games Sportsmanship Program

The Bay State Games Sportsmanship Initiative, was implemented for the first time in the 2002 Summer Games to recognize athletes, coaches and teams who are ambassadors of good sportsmanship. Inappropriate behavior at youth sporting events has been well documented across the country. The Bay State Games are trying to do their part in promoting and recognizing acts of good sportsmanship.

Who is Evaluated?

In an individual sport, the judging is based solely on the behavior of the athlete. In a team sport, the judging is based upon an evaluation of the coach, athletes, and team parents.

Who Conducts The Evaluations?

Small Individual Sports 
(Archery, Fencing, Judo, Shooting, Synchro Swim, Swimming, and Table Tennis, Badminton, Weightlifting), the sport commissioner is responsible for evaluating the sportsmanship of the participants and determining the recognized athletes.


Large Individual Sports
(Swimming, Track & Field, Wrestling). A committee including the sports commissioner, key sports organizers, and officials all take part in the evaluation process.

Team Sports
(Baseball, Basketball, Juniors Basketball, Field Hockey, 6 v 6 Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball). The evaluations come from the game officials on a game by game basis. There is also input from the sports commissioner in cases where the commissioner is present for all or most games.

Awards

Award recipients will be posted on the Bay State Games website and recognition awards will be sent to deserving indivdual athletes and teams.

Elements Of Encouraged Behavior At The Bay State Games

  • Understand the rules of the Bay State Games and your sport. Comply with the rules’ intent as well as the letter of the rule.
  • Always recognize a teammate’s or opponent’s exceptional play. This reflects your understanding and appreciation of quality in your sport.
  • Accept and abide by the decisions of all game officials. Show your appreciation for the officials and medical staff who have volunteered their time at the Bay State Games to provide you with a unique opportunity to compete.
  • Refrain from the use of alcohol, tobacco AND illegal drugs.
  • Respect your coaches who are volunteering their time to provide you with their expertise. Abide by their decisions regarding playing time and other game related matters.
  • Openly display respect for your opponent at all times.
  • Be a positive role model for the sport, school and community that you represent.
  • Resolve any conflicts on and off the field of play without resorting to hostility or violence.
  • Treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex, origin or ability.
  • The unique format of the Bay State Games brings high school rivals together as teammates. Accept your fellow team members for their love of the game and for their skill without pre-conceived notions based on past rivalries.
  • Display pride in your actions at every opportunity on and off the field of play.

Elements Of Discouraged Behavior At The Bay State Games

  • Use of profanity towards officials, coaches and players
  • Rough play or playing with intent to injure
  • Fighting
  • Use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs
  • Berating or taunting a coach, player, official, or opponent
  • Disrespectful celebrations
  • Improper conduct toward an official, opponent, team member or spectator
  • Displays of temper with an officials call
  • Use of obscene gestures
  • Unreasonable number of game ejections or major penalties
  • Blatant violation of competition or Bay State Games regulations
  • Refusing to shake hands or acknowledge your opponent at end of the game
  • Confronting coaches at the end of a contest in regarding to playing time or game decisions
  • Refusing to play a contest because your team is out of medal contention
  • Abusive verbal or physical behavior on the part of a player’s parent(s) or friend(s) toward a coach or official
  • False representation of eligibility requirements including age, residence and grade

 

 

ELEMENTS OF DISCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Use of profanity towards officials, coaches and players
• Rough play or playing with intent to injure
• Fighting
• Use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs
• Berating or taunting a coach, player, official or opponent
• Disrespectful celebrations
• Improper conduct toward an official, opponent, team member or spectator
• Displays of temper with an officials call
• Use of obscene gestures
• Unreasonable number of game ejections or major penalties
• Blatant violation of competition or Bay State Games regulations
• Refusing to shake hands or acknowledge your opponent at end of the game
• Confronting coaches at the end of a contest in regarding to playing time or game decisions
• Refusing to play a contest because your team is out of medal contention
• Abusive verbal or physical behavior on the part of a player’s parent(s) or friend(s) toward a coach or official
• False representation of eligibility requirements including age, residence and grade

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. and the MASF are very proud of the Bay State Games/New Balance Sportsmanship Initiative, which was implemented for the first time in the 2002 Summer Games. Over 230 athletes are recognized as ambassadors of good sportsmanship each year and the initiative has proved to be extremely successful. The number of penalties and even fouls in many sports have substantially decreased since the program has been in place. Inappropriate behavior at youth sporting events has been well documented across the country. The Bay State Games and New Balance are trying to do their part in promoting and recognizing acts of good sportsmanship. Our goal is to continue to develop and implement this program for years to come.
WHO IS EVALUATED?
In an individual sport, the judging is based solely on the behavior of the athlete. In a team sport, the judging is based upon an evaluation of the coach, athlete and team parents.
WHO CONDUCTS THE EVALUATIONS?
Small Individual Sports (Archery, Diving, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Shooting, Synchro Swim, Swimming, Table Tennis and Tennis). The sport commissioner is responsible for evaluating the sportsmanship of the participants and determining the recognized athletes.
Large Individual Sports
(Swimming, Track & Field, Wrestling). A committee including the sports commissioner, key sports organizers and officials all take part in the evaluation process.
Team Sports
(Baseball, Basketball, Juniors Basketball, Field Hockey, 6 v 6 Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, 7 v 7 Soccer, Softball, Volleyball). The evaluations come from the game officials on a game by game basis. There is also input from the sports commissioner in cases where the commissioner is present for all or most games.
AWARDS
Award recipients are announced to media outlets throughout the state. Recognition awards are mailed to all individual winners from the Bay State Games office. A listing of each year’s recipients is included in the next year’s published materials.
ELEMENTS OF ENCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Understand the rules of the Bay State Games and your sport. Comply with the rules’ intent as well as the letter of the rule.
• Always recognize a teammate’s or opponent’s exceptional play. This reflects your understanding and appreciation of quality in your sport.
• Accept and abide by the decisions of all game officials. Show your appreciation for the officials and medical staff who have volunteered their time at the Bay State Games to provide you with a unique opportunity to compete.
• Refrain from the use of alcohol, tobacco AND illegal drugs.
• Respect your coaches who are volunteering their time to provide you with their expertise. Abide by their decisions regarding playing time and other game related matters.
• Openly display respect for your opponent at all times.
• Be a positive role model for the sport, school and community that you represent.
• Resolve any conflicts on and off the field of play without resorting to hostility or violence.
• Treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex, origin or ability.
• The unique format of the Bay State Games brings high school rivals together as teammates. Accept your fellow team members for their love of the game and for their skill without pre-conceived notions based on past rivalries.
• Display pride in your actions at every opportunity on and off the field of play.

ELEMENTS OF DISCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Use of profanity towards officials, coaches and players
• Rough play or playing with intent to injure
• Fighting
• Use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs
• Berating or taunting a coach, player, official or opponent
• Disrespectful celebrations
• Improper conduct toward an official, opponent, team member or spectator
• Displays of temper with an officials call
• Use of obscene gestures
• Unreasonable number of game ejections or major penalties
• Blatant violation of competition or Bay State Games regulations
• Refusing to shake hands or acknowledge your opponent at end of the game
• Confronting coaches at the end of a contest in regarding to playing time or game decisions
• Refusing to play a contest because your team is out of medal contention
• Abusive verbal or physical behavior on the part of a player’s parent(s) or friend(s) toward a coach or official
• False representation of eligibility requirements including age, residence and grade

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. and the MASF are very proud of the Bay State Games/New Balance Sportsmanship Initiative, which was implemented for the first time in the 2002 Summer Games. Over 230 athletes are recognized as ambassadors of good sportsmanship each year and the initiative has proved to be extremely successful. The number of penalties and even fouls in many sports have substantially decreased since the program has been in place. Inappropriate behavior at youth sporting events has been well documented across the country. The Bay State Games and New Balance are trying to do their part in promoting and recognizing acts of good sportsmanship. Our goal is to continue to develop and implement this program for years to come.
WHO IS EVALUATED?
In an individual sport, the judging is based solely on the behavior of the athlete. In a team sport, the judging is based upon an evaluation of the coach, athlete and team parents.
WHO CONDUCTS THE EVALUATIONS?
Small Individual Sports (Archery, Diving, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Shooting, Synchro Swim, Swimming, Table Tennis and Tennis). The sport commissioner is responsible for evaluating the sportsmanship of the participants and determining the recognized athletes.
Large Individual Sports
(Swimming, Track & Field, Wrestling). A committee including the sports commissioner, key sports organizers and officials all take part in the evaluation process.
Team Sports
(Baseball, Basketball, Juniors Basketball, Field Hockey, 6 v 6 Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, 7 v 7 Soccer, Softball, Volleyball). The evaluations come from the game officials on a game by game basis. There is also input from the sports commissioner in cases where the commissioner is present for all or most games.
AWARDS
Award recipients are announced to media outlets throughout the state. Recognition awards are mailed to all individual winners from the Bay State Games office. A listing of each year’s recipients is included in the next year’s published materials.
ELEMENTS OF ENCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Understand the rules of the Bay State Games and your sport. Comply with the rules’ intent as well as the letter of the rule.
• Always recognize a teammate’s or opponent’s exceptional play. This reflects your understanding and appreciation of quality in your sport.
• Accept and abide by the decisions of all game officials. Show your appreciation for the officials and medical staff who have volunteered their time at the Bay State Games to provide you with a unique opportunity to compete.
• Refrain from the use of alcohol, tobacco AND illegal drugs.
• Respect your coaches who are volunteering their time to provide you with their expertise. Abide by their decisions regarding playing time and other game related matters.
• Openly display respect for your opponent at all times.
• Be a positive role model for the sport, school and community that you represent.
• Resolve any conflicts on and off the field of play without resorting to hostility or violence.
• Treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex, origin or ability.
• The unique format of the Bay State Games brings high school rivals together as teammates. Accept your fellow team members for their love of the game and for their skill without pre-conceived notions based on past rivalries.
• Display pride in your actions at every opportunity on and off the field of play.

ELEMENTS OF DISCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Use of profanity towards officials, coaches and players
• Rough play or playing with intent to injure
• Fighting
• Use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs
• Berating or taunting a coach, player, official or opponent
• Disrespectful celebrations
• Improper conduct toward an official, opponent, team member or spectator
• Displays of temper with an officials call
• Use of obscene gestures
• Unreasonable number of game ejections or major penalties
• Blatant violation of competition or Bay State Games regulations
• Refusing to shake hands or acknowledge your opponent at end of the game
• Confronting coaches at the end of a contest in regarding to playing time or game decisions
• Refusing to play a contest because your team is out of medal contention
• Abusive verbal or physical behavior on the part of a player’s parent(s) or friend(s) toward a coach or official
• False representation of eligibility requirements including age, residence and grade
New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. and the MASF are very proud of the Bay State Games/New Balance Sportsmanship Initiative, which was implemented for the first time in the 2002 Summer Games. Over 230 athletes are recognized as ambassadors of good sportsmanship each year and the initiative has proved to be extremely successful. The number of penalties and even fouls in many sports have substantially decreased since the program has been in place. Inappropriate behavior at youth sporting events has been well documented across the country. The Bay State Games and New Balance are trying to do their part in promoting and recognizing acts of good sportsmanship. Our goal is to continue to develop and implement this program for years to come.
WHO IS EVALUATED?
In an individual sport, the judging is based solely on the behavior of the athlete. In a team sport, the judging is based upon an evaluation of the coach, athlete and team parents.
WHO CONDUCTS THE EVALUATIONS?
Small Individual Sports (Archery, Diving, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Shooting, Synchro Swim, Swimming, Table Tennis and Tennis). The sport commissioner is responsible for evaluating the sportsmanship of the participants and determining the recognized athletes.
Large Individual Sports
(Swimming, Track & Field, Wrestling). A committee including the sports commissioner, key sports organizers and officials all take part in the evaluation process.
Team Sports
(Baseball, Basketball, Juniors Basketball, Field Hockey, 6 v 6 Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, 7 v 7 Soccer, Softball, Volleyball). The evaluations come from the game officials on a game by game basis. There is also input from the sports commissioner in cases where the commissioner is present for all or most games.
AWARDS
Award recipients are announced to media outlets throughout the state. Recognition awards are mailed to all individual winners from the Bay State Games office. A listing of each year’s recipients is included in the next year’s published materials.
ELEMENTS OF ENCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Understand the rules of the Bay State Games and your sport. Comply with the rules’ intent as well as the letter of the rule.
• Always recognize a teammate’s or opponent’s exceptional play. This reflects your understanding and appreciation of quality in your sport.
• Accept and abide by the decisions of all game officials. Show your appreciation for the officials and medical staff who have volunteered their time at the Bay State Games to provide you with a unique opportunity to compete.
• Refrain from the use of alcohol, tobacco AND illegal drugs.
• Respect your coaches who are volunteering their time to provide you with their expertise. Abide by their decisions regarding playing time and other game related matters.
• Openly display respect for your opponent at all times.
• Be a positive role model for the sport, school and community that you represent.
• Resolve any conflicts on and off the field of play without resorting to hostility or violence.
• Treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex, origin or ability.
• The unique format of the Bay State Games brings high school rivals together as teammates. Accept your fellow team members for their love of the game and for their skill without pre-conceived notions based on past rivalries.
• Display pride in your actions at every opportunity on and off the field of play.
ELEMENTS OF DISCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Use of profanity towards officials, coaches and players
• Rough play or playing with intent to injure
• Fighting
• Use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs
• Berating or taunting a coach, player, official or opponent
• Disrespectful celebrations
• Improper conduct toward an official, opponent, team member or spectator
• Displays of temper with an officials call
• Use of obscene gestures
• Unreasonable number of game ejections or major penalties
• Blatant violation of competition or Bay State Games regulations
• Refusing to shake hands or acknowledge your opponent at end of the game
• Confronting coaches at the end of a contest in regarding to playing time or game decisions
• Refusing to play a contest because your team is out of medal contention
• Abusive verbal or physical behavior on the part of a player’s parent(s) or friend(s) toward a coach or official
• False representation of eligibility requirements including age, residence and gra

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. and the MASF are very proud of the Bay State Games/New Balance Sportsmanship Initiative, which was implemented for the first time in the 2002 Summer Games. Over 230 athletes are recognized as ambassadors of good sportsmanship each year and the initiative has proved to be extremely successful. The number of penalties and even fouls in many sports have substantially decreased since the program has been in place. Inappropriate behavior at youth sporting events has been well documented across the country. The Bay State Games and New Balance are trying to do their part in promoting and recognizing acts of good sportsmanship. Our goal is to continue to develop and implement this program for years to come.
WHO IS EVALUATED?
In an individual sport, the judging is based solely on the behavior of the athlete. In a team sport, the judging is based upon an evaluation of the coach, athlete and team parents.
WHO CONDUCTS THE EVALUATIONS?
Small Individual Sports (Archery, Diving, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Shooting, Synchro Swim, Swimming, Table Tennis and Tennis). The sport commissioner is responsible for evaluating the sportsmanship of the participants and determining the recognized athletes.
Large Individual Sports
(Swimming, Track & Field, Wrestling). A committee including the sports commissioner, key sports organizers and officials all take part in the evaluation process.
Team Sports
(Baseball, Basketball, Juniors Basketball, Field Hockey, 6 v 6 Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, 7 v 7 Soccer, Softball, Volleyball). The evaluations come from the game officials on a game by game basis. There is also input from the sports commissioner in cases where the commissioner is present for all or most games.
AWARDS
Award recipients are announced to media outlets throughout the state. Recognition awards are mailed to all individual winners from the Bay State Games office. A listing of each year’s recipients is included in the next year’s published materials.
ELEMENTS OF ENCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Understand the rules of the Bay State Games and your sport. Comply with the rules’ intent as well as the letter of the rule.
• Always recognize a teammate’s or opponent’s exceptional play. This reflects your understanding and appreciation of quality in your sport.
• Accept and abide by the decisions of all game officials. Show your appreciation for the officials and medical staff who have volunteered their time at the Bay State Games to provide you with a unique opportunity to compete.
• Refrain from the use of alcohol, tobacco AND illegal drugs.
• Respect your coaches who are volunteering their time to provide you with their expertise. Abide by their decisions regarding playing time and other game related matters.
• Openly display respect for your opponent at all times.
• Be a positive role model for the sport, school and community that you represent.
• Resolve any conflicts on and off the field of play without resorting to hostility or violence.
• Treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex, origin or ability.
• The unique format of the Bay State Games brings high school rivals together as teammates. Accept your fellow team members for their love of the game and for their skill without pre-conceived notions based on past rivalries.
• Display pride in your actions at every opportunity on and off the field of play.

ELEMENTS OF DISCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Use of profanity towards officials, coaches and players
• Rough play or playing with intent to injure
• Fighting
• Use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs
• Berating or taunting a coach, player, official or opponent
• Disrespectful celebrations
• Improper conduct toward an official, opponent, team member or spectator
• Displays of temper with an officials call
• Use of obscene gestures
• Unreasonable number of game ejections or major penalties
• Blatant violation of competition or Bay State Games regulations
• Refusing to shake hands or acknowledge your opponent at end of the game
• Confronting coaches at the end of a contest in regarding to playing time or game decisions
• Refusing to play a contest because your team is out of medal contention
• Abusive verbal or physical behavior on the part of a player’s parent(s) or friend(s) toward a coach or official
• False representation of eligibility requirements including age, residence and grade

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. and the MASF are very proud of the Bay State Games/New Balance Sportsmanship Initiative, which was implemented for the first time in the 2002 Summer Games. Over 230 athletes are recognized as ambassadors of good sportsmanship each year and the initiative has proved to be extremely successful. The number of penalties and even fouls in many sports have substantially decreased since the program has been in place. Inappropriate behavior at youth sporting events has been well documented across the country. The Bay State Games and New Balance are trying to do their part in promoting and recognizing acts of good sportsmanship. Our goal is to continue to develop and implement this program for years to come.
WHO IS EVALUATED?
In an individual sport, the judging is based solely on the behavior of the athlete. In a team sport, the judging is based upon an evaluation of the coach, athlete and team parents.
WHO CONDUCTS THE EVALUATIONS?
Small Individual Sports (Archery, Diving, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Shooting, Synchro Swim, Swimming, Table Tennis and Tennis). The sport commissioner is responsible for evaluating the sportsmanship of the participants and determining the recognized athletes.
Large Individual Sports
(Swimming, Track & Field, Wrestling). A committee including the sports commissioner, key sports organizers and officials all take part in the evaluation process.
Team Sports
(Baseball, Basketball, Juniors Basketball, Field Hockey, 6 v 6 Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, 7 v 7 Soccer, Softball, Volleyball). The evaluations come from the game officials on a game by game basis. There is also input from the sports commissioner in cases where the commissioner is present for all or most games.
AWARDS
Award recipients are announced to media outlets throughout the state. Recognition awards are mailed to all individual winners from the Bay State Games office. A listing of each year’s recipients is included in the next year’s published materials.
ELEMENTS OF ENCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Understand the rules of the Bay State Games and your sport. Comply with the rules’ intent as well as the letter of the rule.
• Always recognize a teammate’s or opponent’s exceptional play. This reflects your understanding and appreciation of quality in your sport.
• Accept and abide by the decisions of all game officials. Show your appreciation for the officials and medical staff who have volunteered their time at the Bay State Games to provide you with a unique opportunity to compete.
• Refrain from the use of alcohol, tobacco AND illegal drugs.
• Respect your coaches who are volunteering their time to provide you with their expertise. Abide by their decisions regarding playing time and other game related matters.
• Openly display respect for your opponent at all times.
• Be a positive role model for the sport, school and community that you represent.
• Resolve any conflicts on and off the field of play without resorting to hostility or violence.
• Treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex, origin or ability.
• The unique format of the Bay State Games brings high school rivals together as teammates. Accept your fellow team members for their love of the game and for their skill without pre-conceived notions based on past rivalries.
• Display pride in your actions at every opportunity on and off the field of play.

ELEMENTS OF DISCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Use of profanity towards officials, coaches and players
• Rough play or playing with intent to injure
• Fighting
• Use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs
• Berating or taunting a coach, player, official or opponent
• Disrespectful celebrations
• Improper conduct toward an official, opponent, team member or spectator
• Displays of temper with an officials call
• Use of obscene gestures
• Unreasonable number of game ejections or major penalties
• Blatant violation of competition or Bay State Games regulations
• Refusing to shake hands or acknowledge your opponent at end of the game
• Confronting coaches at the end of a contest in regarding to playing time or game decisions
• Refusing to play a contest because your team is out of medal contention
• Abusive verbal or physical behavior on the part of a player’s parent(s) or friend(s) toward a coach or official
• False representation of eligibility requirements including age, residence and grade

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. and the MASF are very proud of the Bay State Games/New Balance Sportsmanship Initiative, which was implemented for the first time in the 2002 Summer Games. Over 230 athletes are recognized as ambassadors of good sportsmanship each year and the initiative has proved to be extremely successful. The number of penalties and even fouls in many sports have substantially decreased since the program has been in place. Inappropriate behavior at youth sporting events has been well documented across the country. The Bay State Games and New Balance are trying to do their part in promoting and recognizing acts of good sportsmanship. Our goal is to continue to develop and implement this program for years to come.
WHO IS EVALUATED?
In an individual sport, the judging is based solely on the behavior of the athlete. In a team sport, the judging is based upon an evaluation of the coach, athlete and team parents.
WHO CONDUCTS THE EVALUATIONS?
Small Individual Sports (Archery, Diving, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Shooting, Synchro Swim, Swimming, Table Tennis and Tennis). The sport commissioner is responsible for evaluating the sportsmanship of the participants and determining the recognized athletes.
Large Individual Sports
(Swimming, Track & Field, Wrestling). A committee including the sports commissioner, key sports organizers and officials all take part in the evaluation process.
Team Sports
(Baseball, Basketball, Juniors Basketball, Field Hockey, 6 v 6 Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, 7 v 7 Soccer, Softball, Volleyball). The evaluations come from the game officials on a game by game basis. There is also input from the sports commissioner in cases where the commissioner is present for all or most games.
AWARDS
Award recipients are announced to media outlets throughout the state. Recognition awards are mailed to all individual winners from the Bay State Games office. A listing of each year’s recipients is included in the next year’s published materials.
ELEMENTS OF ENCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Understand the rules of the Bay State Games and your sport. Comply with the rules’ intent as well as the letter of the rule.
• Always recognize a teammate’s or opponent’s exceptional play. This reflects your understanding and appreciation of quality in your sport.
• Accept and abide by the decisions of all game officials. Show your appreciation for the officials and medical staff who have volunteered their time at the Bay State Games to provide you with a unique opportunity to compete.
• Refrain from the use of alcohol, tobacco AND illegal drugs.
• Respect your coaches who are volunteering their time to provide you with their expertise. Abide by their decisions regarding playing time and other game related matters.
• Openly display respect for your opponent at all times.
• Be a positive role model for the sport, school and community that you represent.
• Resolve any conflicts on and off the field of play without resorting to hostility or violence.
• Treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex, origin or ability.
• The unique format of the Bay State Games brings high school rivals together as teammates. Accept your fellow team members for their love of the game and for their skill without pre-conceived notions based on past rivalries.
• Display pride in your actions at every opportunity on and off the field of play.

ELEMENTS OF DISCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Use of profanity towards officials, coaches and players
• Rough play or playing with intent to injure
• Fighting
• Use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs
• Berating or taunting a coach, player, official or opponent
• Disrespectful celebrations
• Improper conduct toward an official, opponent, team member or spectator
• Displays of temper with an officials call
• Use of obscene gestures
• Unreasonable number of game ejections or major penalties
• Blatant violation of competition or Bay State Games regulations
• Refusing to shake hands or acknowledge your opponent at end of the game
• Confronting coaches at the end of a contest in regarding to playing time or game decisions
• Refusing to play a contest because your team is out of medal contention
• Abusive verbal or physical behavior on the part of a player’s parent(s) or friend(s) toward a coach or official
• False representation of eligibility requirements including age, residence and grade

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. and the MASF are very proud of the Bay State Games/New Balance Sportsmanship Initiative, which was implemented for the first time in the 2002 Summer Games. Over 230 athletes are recognized as ambassadors of good sportsmanship each year and the initiative has proved to be extremely successful. The number of penalties and even fouls in many sports have substantially decreased since the program has been in place. Inappropriate behavior at youth sporting events has been well documented across the country. The Bay State Games and New Balance are trying to do their part in promoting and recognizing acts of good sportsmanship. Our goal is to continue to develop and implement this program for years to come.
WHO IS EVALUATED?
In an individual sport, the judging is based solely on the behavior of the athlete. In a team sport, the judging is based upon an evaluation of the coach, athlete and team parents.
WHO CONDUCTS THE EVALUATIONS?
Small Individual Sports (Archery, Diving, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Shooting, Synchro Swim, Swimming, Table Tennis and Tennis). The sport commissioner is responsible for evaluating the sportsmanship of the participants and determining the recognized athletes.
Large Individual Sports
(Swimming, Track & Field, Wrestling). A committee including the sports commissioner, key sports organizers and officials all take part in the evaluation process.
Team Sports
(Baseball, Basketball, Juniors Basketball, Field Hockey, 6 v 6 Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, 7 v 7 Soccer, Softball, Volleyball). The evaluations come from the game officials on a game by game basis. There is also input from the sports commissioner in cases where the commissioner is present for all or most games.
AWARDS
Award recipients are announced to media outlets throughout the state. Recognition awards are mailed to all individual winners from the Bay State Games office. A listing of each year’s recipients is included in the next year’s published materials.
ELEMENTS OF ENCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Understand the rules of the Bay State Games and your sport. Comply with the rules’ intent as well as the letter of the rule.
• Always recognize a teammate’s or opponent’s exceptional play. This reflects your understanding and appreciation of quality in your sport.
• Accept and abide by the decisions of all game officials. Show your appreciation for the officials and medical staff who have volunteered their time at the Bay State Games to provide you with a unique opportunity to compete.
• Refrain from the use of alcohol, tobacco AND illegal drugs.
• Respect your coaches who are volunteering their time to provide you with their expertise. Abide by their decisions regarding playing time and other game related matters.
• Openly display respect for your opponent at all times.
• Be a positive role model for the sport, school and community that you represent.
• Resolve any conflicts on and off the field of play without resorting to hostility or violence.
• Treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex, origin or ability.
• The unique format of the Bay State Games brings high school rivals together as teammates. Accept your fellow team members for their love of the game and for their skill without pre-conceived notions based on past rivalries.
• Display pride in your actions at every opportunity on and off the field of play.

ELEMENTS OF DISCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Use of profanity towards officials, coaches and players
• Rough play or playing with intent to injure
• Fighting
• Use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs
• Berating or taunting a coach, player, official or opponent
• Disrespectful celebrations
• Improper conduct toward an official, opponent, team member or spectator
• Displays of temper with an officials call
• Use of obscene gestures
• Unreasonable number of game ejections or major penalties
• Blatant violation of competition or Bay State Games regulations
• Refusing to shake hands or acknowledge your opponent at end of the game
• Confronting coaches at the end of a contest in regarding to playing time or game decisions
• Refusing to play a contest because your team is out of medal contention
• Abusive verbal or physical behavior on the part of a player’s parent(s) or friend(s) toward a coach or official
• False representation of eligibility requirements including age, residence and grade

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. and the MASF are very proud of the Bay State Games/New Balance Sportsmanship Initiative, which was implemented for the first time in the 2002 Summer Games. Over 230 athletes are recognized as ambassadors of good sportsmanship each year and the initiative has proved to be extremely successful. The number of penalties and even fouls in many sports have substantially decreased since the program has been in place. Inappropriate behavior at youth sporting events has been well documented across the country. The Bay State Games and New Balance are trying to do their part in promoting and recognizing acts of good sportsmanship. Our goal is to continue to develop and implement this program for years to come.
WHO IS EVALUATED?
In an individual sport, the judging is based solely on the behavior of the athlete. In a team sport, the judging is based upon an evaluation of the coach, athlete and team parents.
WHO CONDUCTS THE EVALUATIONS?
Small Individual Sports (Archery, Diving, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Shooting, Synchro Swim, Swimming, Table Tennis and Tennis). The sport commissioner is responsible for evaluating the sportsmanship of the participants and determining the recognized athletes.
Large Individual Sports
(Swimming, Track & Field, Wrestling). A committee including the sports commissioner, key sports organizers and officials all take part in the evaluation process.
Team Sports
(Baseball, Basketball, Juniors Basketball, Field Hockey, 6 v 6 Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, 7 v 7 Soccer, Softball, Volleyball). The evaluations come from the game officials on a game by game basis. There is also input from the sports commissioner in cases where the commissioner is present for all or most games.
AWARDS
Award recipients are announced to media outlets throughout the state. Recognition awards are mailed to all individual winners from the Bay State Games office. A listing of each year’s recipients is included in the next year’s published materials.
ELEMENTS OF ENCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Understand the rules of the Bay State Games and your sport. Comply with the rules’ intent as well as the letter of the rule.
• Always recognize a teammate’s or opponent’s exceptional play. This reflects your understanding and appreciation of quality in your sport.
• Accept and abide by the decisions of all game officials. Show your appreciation for the officials and medical staff who have volunteered their time at the Bay State Games to provide you with a unique opportunity to compete.
• Refrain from the use of alcohol, tobacco AND illegal drugs.
• Respect your coaches who are volunteering their time to provide you with their expertise. Abide by their decisions regarding playing time and other game related matters.
• Openly display respect for your opponent at all times.
• Be a positive role model for the sport, school and community that you represent.
• Resolve any conflicts on and off the field of play without resorting to hostility or violence.
• Treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex, origin or ability.
• The unique format of the Bay State Games brings high school rivals together as teammates. Accept your fellow team members for their love of the game and for their skill without pre-conceived notions based on past rivalries.
• Display pride in your actions at every opportunity on and off the field of play.

ELEMENTS OF DISCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Use of profanity towards officials, coaches and players
• Rough play or playing with intent to injure
• Fighting
• Use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs
• Berating or taunting a coach, player, official or opponent
• Disrespectful celebrations
• Improper conduct toward an official, opponent, team member or spectator
• Displays of temper with an officials call
• Use of obscene gestures
• Unreasonable number of game ejections or major penalties
• Blatant violation of competition or Bay State Games regulations
• Refusing to shake hands or acknowledge your opponent at end of the game
• Confronting coaches at the end of a contest in regarding to playing time or game decisions
• Refusing to play a contest because your team is out of medal contention
• Abusive verbal or physical behavior on the part of a player’s parent(s) or friend(s) toward a coach or official
• False representation of eligibility requirements including age, residence and grade

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. and the MASF are very proud of the Bay State Games/New Balance Sportsmanship Initiative, which was implemented for the first time in the 2002 Summer Games. Over 230 athletes are recognized as ambassadors of good sportsmanship each year and the initiative has proved to be extremely successful. The number of penalties and even fouls in many sports have substantially decreased since the program has been in place. Inappropriate behavior at youth sporting events has been well documented across the country. The Bay State Games and New Balance are trying to do their part in promoting and recognizing acts of good sportsmanship. Our goal is to continue to develop and implement this program for years to come.
WHO IS EVALUATED?
In an individual sport, the judging is based solely on the behavior of the athlete. In a team sport, the judging is based upon an evaluation of the coach, athlete and team parents.
WHO CONDUCTS THE EVALUATIONS?
Small Individual Sports (Archery, Diving, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Shooting, Synchro Swim, Swimming, Table Tennis and Tennis). The sport commissioner is responsible for evaluating the sportsmanship of the participants and determining the recognized athletes.
Large Individual Sports
(Swimming, Track & Field, Wrestling). A committee including the sports commissioner, key sports organizers and officials all take part in the evaluation process.
Team Sports
(Baseball, Basketball, Juniors Basketball, Field Hockey, 6 v 6 Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, 7 v 7 Soccer, Softball, Volleyball). The evaluations come from the game officials on a game by game basis. There is also input from the sports commissioner in cases where the commissioner is present for all or most games.
AWARDS
Award recipients are announced to media outlets throughout the state. Recognition awards are mailed to all individual winners from the Bay State Games office. A listing of each year’s recipients is included in the next year’s published materials.
ELEMENTS OF ENCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Understand the rules of the Bay State Games and your sport. Comply with the rules’ intent as well as the letter of the rule.
• Always recognize a teammate’s or opponent’s exceptional play. This reflects your understanding and appreciation of quality in your sport.
• Accept and abide by the decisions of all game officials. Show your appreciation for the officials and medical staff who have volunteered their time at the Bay State Games to provide you with a unique opportunity to compete.
• Refrain from the use of alcohol, tobacco AND illegal drugs.
• Respect your coaches who are volunteering their time to provide you with their expertise. Abide by their decisions regarding playing time and other game related matters.
• Openly display respect for your opponent at all times.
• Be a positive role model for the sport, school and community that you represent.
• Resolve any conflicts on and off the field of play without resorting to hostility or violence.
• Treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex, origin or ability.
• The unique format of the Bay State Games brings high school rivals together as teammates. Accept your fellow team members for their love of the game and for their skill without pre-conceived notions based on past rivalries.
• Display pride in your actions at every opportunity on and off the field of play.

ELEMENTS OF DISCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Use of profanity towards officials, coaches and players
• Rough play or playing with intent to injure
• Fighting
• Use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs
• Berating or taunting a coach, player, official or opponent
• Disrespectful celebrations
• Improper conduct toward an official, opponent, team member or spectator
• Displays of temper with an officials call
• Use of obscene gestures
• Unreasonable number of game ejections or major penalties
• Blatant violation of competition or Bay State Games regulations
• Refusing to shake hands or acknowledge your opponent at end of the game
• Confronting coaches at the end of a contest in regarding to playing time or game decisions
• Refusing to play a contest because your team is out of medal contention
• Abusive verbal or physical behavior on the part of a player’s parent(s) or friend(s) toward a coach or official
• False representation of eligibility requirements including age, residence and grade

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. and the MASF are very proud of the Bay State Games/New Balance Sportsmanship Initiative, which was implemented for the first time in the 2002 Summer Games. Over 230 athletes are recognized as ambassadors of good sportsmanship each year and the initiative has proved to be extremely successful. The number of penalties and even fouls in many sports have substantially decreased since the program has been in place. Inappropriate behavior at youth sporting events has been well documented across the country. The Bay State Games and New Balance are trying to do their part in promoting and recognizing acts of good sportsmanship. Our goal is to continue to develop and implement this program for years to come.
WHO IS EVALUATED?
In an individual sport, the judging is based solely on the behavior of the athlete. In a team sport, the judging is based upon an evaluation of the coach, athlete and team parents.
WHO CONDUCTS THE EVALUATIONS?
Small Individual Sports (Archery, Diving, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Shooting, Synchro Swim, Swimming, Table Tennis and Tennis). The sport commissioner is responsible for evaluating the sportsmanship of the participants and determining the recognized athletes.
Large Individual Sports
(Swimming, Track & Field, Wrestling). A committee including the sports commissioner, key sports organizers and officials all take part in the evaluation process.
Team Sports
(Baseball, Basketball, Juniors Basketball, Field Hockey, 6 v 6 Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, 7 v 7 Soccer, Softball, Volleyball). The evaluations come from the game officials on a game by game basis. There is also input from the sports commissioner in cases where the commissioner is present for all or most games.
AWARDS
Award recipients are announced to media outlets throughout the state. Recognition awards are mailed to all individual winners from the Bay State Games office. A listing of each year’s recipients is included in the next year’s published materials.
ELEMENTS OF ENCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Understand the rules of the Bay State Games and your sport. Comply with the rules’ intent as well as the letter of the rule.
• Always recognize a teammate’s or opponent’s exceptional play. This reflects your understanding and appreciation of quality in your sport.
• Accept and abide by the decisions of all game officials. Show your appreciation for the officials and medical staff who have volunteered their time at the Bay State Games to provide you with a unique opportunity to compete.
• Refrain from the use of alcohol, tobacco AND illegal drugs.
• Respect your coaches who are volunteering their time to provide you with their expertise. Abide by their decisions regarding playing time and other game related matters.
• Openly display respect for your opponent at all times.
• Be a positive role model for the sport, school and community that you represent.
• Resolve any conflicts on and off the field of play without resorting to hostility or violence.
• Treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex, origin or ability.
• The unique format of the Bay State Games brings high school rivals together as teammates. Accept your fellow team members for their love of the game and for their skill without pre-conceived notions based on past rivalries.
• Display pride in your actions at every opportunity on and off the field of play.

ELEMENTS OF DISCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Use of profanity towards officials, coaches and players
• Rough play or playing with intent to injure
• Fighting
• Use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs
• Berating or taunting a coach, player, official or opponent
• Disrespectful celebrations
• Improper conduct toward an official, opponent, team member or spectator
• Displays of temper with an officials call
• Use of obscene gestures
• Unreasonable number of game ejections or major penalties
• Blatant violation of competition or Bay State Games regulations
• Refusing to shake hands or acknowledge your opponent at end of the game
• Confronting coaches at the end of a contest in regarding to playing time or game decisions
• Refusing to play a contest because your team is out of medal contention
• Abusive verbal or physical behavior on the part of a player’s parent(s) or friend(s) toward a coach or official
• False representation of eligibility requirements including age, residence and grade

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. and the MASF are very proud of the Bay State Games/New Balance Sportsmanship Initiative, which was implemented for the first time in the 2002 Summer Games. Over 230 athletes are recognized as ambassadors of good sportsmanship each year and the initiative has proved to be extremely successful. The number of penalties and even fouls in many sports have substantially decreased since the program has been in place. Inappropriate behavior at youth sporting events has been well documented across the country. The Bay State Games and New Balance are trying to do their part in promoting and recognizing acts of good sportsmanship. Our goal is to continue to develop and implement this program for years to come.
WHO IS EVALUATED?
In an individual sport, the judging is based solely on the behavior of the athlete. In a team sport, the judging is based upon an evaluation of the coach, athlete and team parents.
WHO CONDUCTS THE EVALUATIONS?
Small Individual Sports (Archery, Diving, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Shooting, Synchro Swim, Swimming, Table Tennis and Tennis). The sport commissioner is responsible for evaluating the sportsmanship of the participants and determining the recognized athletes.
Large Individual Sports
(Swimming, Track & Field, Wrestling). A committee including the sports commissioner, key sports organizers and officials all take part in the evaluation process.
Team Sports
(Baseball, Basketball, Juniors Basketball, Field Hockey, 6 v 6 Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, 7 v 7 Soccer, Softball, Volleyball). The evaluations come from the game officials on a game by game basis. There is also input from the sports commissioner in cases where the commissioner is present for all or most games.
AWARDS
Award recipients are announced to media outlets throughout the state. Recognition awards are mailed to all individual winners from the Bay State Games office. A listing of each year’s recipients is included in the next year’s published materials.
ELEMENTS OF ENCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Understand the rules of the Bay State Games and your sport. Comply with the rules’ intent as well as the letter of the rule.
• Always recognize a teammate’s or opponent’s exceptional play. This reflects your understanding and appreciation of quality in your sport.
• Accept and abide by the decisions of all game officials. Show your appreciation for the officials and medical staff who have volunteered their time at the Bay State Games to provide you with a unique opportunity to compete.
• Refrain from the use of alcohol, tobacco AND illegal drugs.
• Respect your coaches who are volunteering their time to provide you with their expertise. Abide by their decisions regarding playing time and other game related matters.
• Openly display respect for your opponent at all times.
• Be a positive role model for the sport, school and community that you represent.
• Resolve any conflicts on and off the field of play without resorting to hostility or violence.
• Treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex, origin or ability.
• The unique format of the Bay State Games brings high school rivals together as teammates. Accept your fellow team members for their love of the game and for their skill without pre-conceived notions based on past rivalries.
• Display pride in your actions at every opportunity on and off the field of play.

ELEMENTS OF DISCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Use of profanity towards officials, coaches and players
• Rough play or playing with intent to injure
• Fighting
• Use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs
• Berating or taunting a coach, player, official or opponent
• Disrespectful celebrations
• Improper conduct toward an official, opponent, team member or spectator
• Displays of temper with an officials call
• Use of obscene gestures
• Unreasonable number of game ejections or major penalties
• Blatant violation of competition or Bay State Games regulations
• Refusing to shake hands or acknowledge your opponent at end of the game
• Confronting coaches at the end of a contest in regarding to playing time or game decisions
• Refusing to play a contest because your team is out of medal contention
• Abusive verbal or physical behavior on the part of a player’s parent(s) or friend(s) toward a coach or official
• False representation of eligibility requirements including age, residence and grade

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. and the MASF are very proud of the Bay State Games/New Balance Sportsmanship Initiative, which was implemented for the first time in the 2002 Summer Games. Over 230 athletes are recognized as ambassadors of good sportsmanship each year and the initiative has proved to be extremely successful. The number of penalties and even fouls in many sports have substantially decreased since the program has been in place. Inappropriate behavior at youth sporting events has been well documented across the country. The Bay State Games and New Balance are trying to do their part in promoting and recognizing acts of good sportsmanship. Our goal is to continue to develop and implement this program for years to come.
WHO IS EVALUATED?
In an individual sport, the judging is based solely on the behavior of the athlete. In a team sport, the judging is based upon an evaluation of the coach, athlete and team parents.
WHO CONDUCTS THE EVALUATIONS?
Small Individual Sports (Archery, Diving, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Shooting, Synchro Swim, Swimming, Table Tennis and Tennis). The sport commissioner is responsible for evaluating the sportsmanship of the participants and determining the recognized athletes.
Large Individual Sports
(Swimming, Track & Field, Wrestling). A committee including the sports commissioner, key sports organizers and officials all take part in the evaluation process.
Team Sports
(Baseball, Basketball, Juniors Basketball, Field Hockey, 6 v 6 Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, 7 v 7 Soccer, Softball, Volleyball). The evaluations come from the game officials on a game by game basis. There is also input from the sports commissioner in cases where the commissioner is present for all or most games.
AWARDS
Award recipients are announced to media outlets throughout the state. Recognition awards are mailed to all individual winners from the Bay State Games office. A listing of each year’s recipients is included in the next year’s published materials.
ELEMENTS OF ENCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Understand the rules of the Bay State Games and your sport. Comply with the rules’ intent as well as the letter of the rule.
• Always recognize a teammate’s or opponent’s exceptional play. This reflects your understanding and appreciation of quality in your sport.
• Accept and abide by the decisions of all game officials. Show your appreciation for the officials and medical staff who have volunteered their time at the Bay State Games to provide you with a unique opportunity to compete.
• Refrain from the use of alcohol, tobacco AND illegal drugs.
• Respect your coaches who are volunteering their time to provide you with their expertise. Abide by their decisions regarding playing time and other game related matters.
• Openly display respect for your opponent at all times.
• Be a positive role model for the sport, school and community that you represent.
• Resolve any conflicts on and off the field of play without resorting to hostility or violence.
• Treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex, origin or ability.
• The unique format of the Bay State Games brings high school rivals together as teammates. Accept your fellow team members for their love of the game and for their skill without pre-conceived notions based on past rivalries.
• Display pride in your actions at every opportunity on and off the field of play.
ELEMENTS OF DISCOURAGED BEHAVIOR AT THE BAY STATE GAMES
• Use of profanity towards officials, coaches and players
• Rough play or playing with intent to injure
• Fighting
• Use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs
• Berating or taunting a coach, player, official or opponent
• Disrespectful celebrations
• Improper conduct toward an official, opponent, team member or spectator
• Displays of temper with an officials call
• Use of obscene gestures
• Unreasonable number of game ejections or major penalties
• Blatant violation of competition or Bay State Games regulations
• Refusing to shake hands or acknowledge your opponent at end of the game
• Confronting coaches at the end of a contest in regarding to playing time or game decisions
• Refusing to play a contest because your team is out of medal contention
• Abusive verbal or physical behavior on the part of a player’s parent(s) or friend(s) toward a coach or official
• False representation of eligibility r

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