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Acceptable Behavior 
  • Know the rules and strategies of the contest in order to cheer at proper times
  • Maintain enthusiasm and composure, serving as a role model
  • Participate positively in the event or contest by supporting the coaches and participants
  • Exercise good judgment in cheering for outstanding performance, not against opponents or to ridicule an error. It is certainly acceptable to applaud on outstanding performance by an opponent and to applaud all participants at the end of the contest
  • Follow the cheerleaders in positive cheers and yells to show support for the participants.
  • Be an exemplary role model by positively supporting teams in every manner possible, including content of cheers and signs
  • Show respect and concern for an injured player, regardless of team
  • Respect decisions made by contest officials
  • Realize that a ticket represents a privilege and a responsibility to observe and positively support a high school activity, not a license to verbally assault others or be generally obnoxious
  • Respect fans, coaches, and participants
  • Encourage surrounding fans to display only sportsmanlike conduct
  • Resist being drawn into negative conduct by other fans, including opposing fans

Unacceptable Behavior

The following have been defined as negative and unacceptable by PIAA, WPIAL, South Hills Principals Association, and Peters Township High School.

  • Disrespectful or derogatory yells, chants, songs or gestures
  • Booing or heckling an official's decision, criticizing officials in any way, displays of temper with an official's call
  • Yells that antagonize opponents
  • Blaming loss of game on officials, coaches or participants
  • Doing own yells instead of following lead of cheerleaders
  • Yelling at or criticizing coaches or participants of either team
  • Attempting to coach from the bleachers or sidelines, giving specific instructions to any participant
  • Destruction of property, signs or equipment
  • Running onto the floor or field of play before, during or after the contest
  • Engaging an opposing fan in a dispute or argument
  • Use of profane, vulgar or abusive language

The school administration is responsible for enforcement of all activities, including those at other facilities. Any person acting in an unacceptable manner faces expulsion from the contest or activity and possible exclusion from subsequent contests or activities.

Peters Township is a four-time PIAA Sportsmanship Award winner
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