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At Ridge View High School we want all athletic events to be a positive experience for all parties involved. It is our goal for everyone to compete and support our teams and school in a manner that reflects the goal of giving our best at all times.

Sportsmanship is a general way of thinking and behaving. In order for school activity programs to continue to be positive educational experiences, fans and participants need to be cognizant of the necessity for good sportsmanship and the means by which it is attained.

Fans attend athletic contests to cheer for and support their team and coaching staff, to enjoy competition, and to demonstrate appreciation for the athletes’ skills. Fans should avoid booing, jeering, or making negative antagonistic remarks to participants and other fans. All viewing fans and participants in high school contest should:

• Show respect for the opponent at all times and treat them as guests.
• Show respect for the officials. Good sportsmanship is the willingness to accept and abide by the decisions of the officials.
• Know, understand, and appreciate the rules of the contest. Good sportsmanship suggests the importance of conforming to the spirit as well as the letter of the rules.
• Maintain self-control at all times. Good sportsmanship is concerned with the behavior of not only the participants, but also the fans.
• Permit only positive behavior to reflect on your school and its activities.
• Win with character and lose with dignity.

Ridge View High School, Richland School District Two, and the South Carolina High School League want to thank everyone for helping to maintain the high standards of sportsmanship at all athletic events.