Statement of code of ethics, Colorado High School Activities Association

In order to be of maximum effectiveness in serving and fostering the education of the students so entrusted to us and in promoting and supplementing the regular curriculum, it is the duty of all concerned with our secondary athletic and activities programs to ...

  1. Cultivate an awareness that participation in athletics and activities is part of the total educational process and as such, the coach/advisor should neither seek nor expect academic privileges for the participants.
  2. Emphasize the proper ideals of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play as they relate to the lifetime impact on the participants.
  3. Develop a working awareness and understanding of all rules and guidelines governing competition, both in letter and intent.
  4. Recognize that the purpose of athletics and activities is to promote the physical, mental, moral, social and emotional well-being of the individual participants.
  5. Avoid any practice or technique which would endanger the present or future welfare or safety of any participant.
  6. Adhere to policies which do not force or encourage students to specialize or restrict them from participation in a variety of activities.
  7. Refuse to disparage an opponent, an official, an administrator or spectator in any aspect of the activity.
  8. Strongly encourage the development of proper health habits: the non-use of chemicals, including alcohol, steroids, tobacco in any form and other mood-altering substances.
  9. Exemplify proper self-control at all times, accepting adverse decisions without public display of emotion or dissatisfaction with the officials or judges.
  10. Encourage all to judge the true success of the athletic and activities programs on the basis of the attitude of the participants and spectators, rather than on the basis of a win or loss.