Hello everyone, my name is Jon Luszcz and in this presentation, I am going to present the case study: problem 11-2 in the text book Sports Law by Patrick K Thornton. In this particular chapter, the textbook discusses the role of amateur athletics and eligibility in interscholastic sports. Here is the problem…
You are the athletic director for your local high school athletic association. You have become concerned about episodes of unsportsmanlike conduct that have occurred during basketball and football games in the district between teams. Several parents have talked to you about what they believe to be unsportsmanlike conduct that have occurred both on and off the field before and after games.
Some of these episodes have been vulgar end zone dances after scoring a touchdown, taunting opposing players with the ball, and making obscene gestures at the opposing bench after scoring a touchdown. In several basketball games, players have begun to make a throat cutting motion seen on the left. This motion has taken place after the team makes a dunk and is directed at the opposing bench.
It has gone so far to the point that one member of the high school football team took a picture of the opposing quarterback at a party and linked it to a pornographic website and sent it to an e-mail list he obtained of students of the opposing school.
You are now in the position where you have to address these issues. You are required to draft a sportsmanship policy that will pass constitutional muster and addresses conduct that occurs on and off the field. In addition, you have to consider whether your policy should cover band members, mascots, and cheerleaders.
Respect for the game in which the student-athlete competes also demands respect for the opponent. Student-athletes are expected to treat opponents in a sportsmanlike manner. There can and will be no tolerance for taunting and antagonizing of opponents. Student-athletes like you are the most visible representatives of the school. Their behavior is observed and emulated by many which includes other members of the school and children. Student-athletes must honor the responsibilities that accompany the privilege of representing their schools by acting with dignity and class both in and out of competition. Athletic competition should be fun and competitive and should also be a significant part of the educational experience that develops good character and life lessons. These standards will consist of 1. Being respectful of coaches, teammates, opponents and officials.2. Be gracious in victory and accept defeat with dignity and respect.3. Avoid disrespectful or offensive conduct of any sort including profanity, obscene gestures, sexual remarks, trash-talking or taunting, boastful celebrations or other actions that demean individuals or the sport.4. Be a worthy role model.5. Exhibit self-control. Channel anger and/or frustration into a positive mode.6. Choose the right behavior.7. Remain in the bench area during games unless leaving to enter the game through an official substitution. Incidents will have be evaluated on a case by case basis depending on the severity of the infraction. What would remedy the situation throughout the league is to provide some sort of award or incentive for sportsmanship whether it is a league recognition or penalizing teams with poor sportsmanship, some sort of incentive will motivate players and change their habits.
How far will these policies extend. They should extend to the student body in any event in which the school is represented. As students and student-athletes, they represent the school and display a message in which the school is all about. It is also a privilege to be provided the education so the policies should go further than just the student-athletes but to the regular student-body, cheerleaders, mascots, and the band as well.
If there is an infraction, then what will be needed is for the offender to be used as an example. The penalty will be judged by the athletic/educational administration but an example will have to be set in order to really get the point across. The penalty will have to be measured by how severe the infraction really was. In this particular case about the pornographic website, an investigation will need to take place. With today’s technology, it can be determined who really sent that e-mail by tracing it back to where it originated and finding out who actually did it. When this occurs, it will be that person who will have to be penalized for his/her actions and the benchmark for future discipline.
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Case Study 11-2
Case Study #4:Problem 11-2<br />Done by: Jon Luszcz<br />
Problem<br />You are the Athletic Director at your local high school<br />Parents and you are concerned about on-field and off-field unsportsmanlike conduct<br />
SportsmanshipPolicy<br />Going to be evaluated on a case by case basis<br />Remind students that they are representatives of the school on and off the field<br />Implement a policy<br />Incentive with the league<br />