The goal of the league regarding sportsmanship is to insure mutual respect and fair competition among all athletes, coaches, spectators, and officials at all league contests.
MAPL Sportsmanship Code of Ethics:
- Coaches are responsible for setting a proper tone for their athletes to follow.
- Spectators must conduct themselves in a positive manner by encouraging their own teams and treating the opponents and officials with respect.
- Noisemakers (indoor) and handmade banners in poor taste are prohibited at all contests. Official school banners are acceptable.
- Officials are to be treated with respect by all.
- Harassment, abusive language, and taunting are prohibited at all contests.
Failure to comply with the above rules may result in ejection from the premises. Athletic Directors and school administrators of member schools are expected to uphold and enforce these rules.
"True respect starts with the way you treat others, and it is earned over a lifetime of acting with kindness, honor and dignity." Tony Dungy
"Years from now most people won't remember the scores, the number of wins or loses. What they will remember are the relationships, the rivalries and the comaraderie that comes from participating in sports." Jim Domoracki, Peddie School
"Winning and losing will never mean as much to me as making sure that you honor the game and the people who have worked alongside of you." C. Vivian Stringer.
"All of our athletes are proud representatives of our great schools, and our high standards for conduct extend to the fields, courts, and pools. The coaches and captains all work hard to let players and fans enjoy the competition, and our mutual respect allows the game to be the story, not the background" Blake Eldridge, The Lawrenceville School
"It's a game but in the end we are really there to make friends." Bill Quirk, The Hun School of Princeton
On October 4th 2015, The Hill School in Pottstown PA, hosted the first Mid Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) Sportsmanship Summit. The Sportsmanship Summit attendees consisted of 3 male and 3 female student-athletes who were picked by their coaches to represent their MAPL School at the Summit Conference. The students participated in 3 round table discussions throughout the day; round table groups consisted of 1 student-athlete from each school. Round tables were for discussing various topics and issues student athletes are faced with throughout the year. The roundtable discussions sought input from the student athletes as to what sportsmanship meant to them and how important it is. The student athletes also talked about how they thought their schools rewarded good sportsmanship in its athletes. Finally, the student athletes were tasked with starting to develop a sample code of conduct outlining what all schools should do to pursue the highest level of sportsmanship. This work will now be picked up by the SAAC.
At the conclusion of the Sportsmanship Summit one male athlete and one female athlete for each school was selected to be a part of the Student Athlete-Advisory Council (SAAC). The SAAC is made up of 11th and 12th grade students and its goal it to promote the identity of student-athletes in the MAPL Conference. The SAAC is also to provide the voice for student athletes by providing feedback and critique by student athletes to the MAPL. The SAAC will meet 4 times a year. The fall meeting will be an in person meeting and the other three meetings will be done by videoconference.