The MIAA is committed to encouraging and promoting the high ideals of sportsmanship, integrity and ethics, as well as developing a positive environment for athletic events at all levels of interscholastic competition. The goal of interscholastic athletics is to give young people the opportunity to expand their educational horizons by experiencing fair and friendly competition with their peers. Ingrained in this competition is respect for rules, regulations, opponents and officials.
Sportsmanship permeates virtually every aspect of our culture as ethics and fair play apply in all facets of life. It is a measure of each school and individual’s understanding of their commitment to the educational nature of interscholastic athletics. Good sportsmanship is conduct which imposes self-control involving honest rivalry, courteous relations and graceful acceptance of results. It should be evident in all school functions and demonstrated by the ability to accept defeat without complaint, victory without bragging and the treatment of opponents with fairness and courtesy.
Sportsmanship needs to play a primary role of interscholastic athletics in an educational perspective. Athletic competition is an extension of the classroom and an educational activity which provides lessons difficult to teach in another environment. The need for improvement to sportsmanship in society is evident and will require a maximum effort by everyone involved in athletics. A major part of the role of education through sports is to teach student-athletes to exude sportsmanship and respect for teammates, coaches, officials, opponents and the game itself.
The following awards are presented to member schools, districts, teams and student-athletes:
The MIAA offers programs to help develop sportsmanship skills among student-athletes, coaches, and administrators.
The 28th Sportsmanship Summit is planned for Thursday, November 10, 2022 at Gillette Stadium. More information will be posted soon.
The 22nd Annual Sportsmanship Essay/Multimedia Contest is now open for submissions. Click here for link to details
This contest is held annually to promote various themes of sportsmanship. Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to share their ideas in an essay of 500 words or less or a multimedia presentation of 60 seconds or less (public service announcement). The authors of the top two entries present their work at the annual MIAA Sportsmanship Summit and are appropriately recognized for their achievements. Winning and honorable mention entries are published in an anthology entitled “Sportsmanship: A Game Plan for Life” and distributed at various MIAA functions.
1st place winners
Akrif Semakula, Alex Derobert, and Nathaniel Mauroy ~ Maynard High School
2nd place winners
Issac Barbagallo, Ryan Sherman and Angel Rodriguez ~ Maynard High School ~ Maynard High School
Jesse Carpenter, Principal, Mount Everett Regional High School
Wesley Jackson, Athletic Director, Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School
Derek Atherton, Principal, Hopedale Jr./Sr. High School
Kevin May, Athletic Director, Oxford High School
Matt Biggs, Assistant Principal, Nashoba Regional High School
Steve Kendall, Athletic Director, Ayer-Shirley Regional High School
Meghan Patrissi, Assistant Principal, Woburn Memorial High School
Steve LaForest, Athletic Director, Waltham High School
Daniel Thorton, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, Pentucket Reg. HS
Dave Johnson, Athletic Director, North Reading
Kristen Kelly, Athletic Director, Notre Dame Academy (Hingham)
Kelley St. Coeur, Principal, Ashland High School
Joseph Cusack, Athletic Director, Foxborough High School
Kathryn Rezendes, Assistant Principal, New Bedford High School
John Moran, Athletic Director, Seekonk High School
Jeff Sylvia, Principal, East Bridgewater High School
Peter Serino, Athletic Director, Abington High School
Sheila M. Hoffman, Superintendent, Agawam Public Schools
Patricia Gonzalez, Athletic Director, Newton South High School
Ryan Conway, Athletic Director, Boston English High School
VACANCY, Coaches Rep
Michelle Hopkinson, Coaches Rep
Ric Beaudoin, Official Rep
Rachel Hutchinson, Official Rep