GRACEAC GENERAL GUIDELINES      |Philosophy| Code of Ethics | Taunting |



PHILOSOPHY Back to top


The purpose of the athletic program at the elementary school level is to complement the home, church, and school in the development of the “whole person”. Activities of the program are for the benefit of the children, suited to their age and physical growth. The goals are: 1) To recognize the need of physical fitness in the wholesome growth of the child, and 2) To provide enjoyable recreational activity which develops Christian attitudes of sportsmanship and fair play that can be sustained beyond the elementary level.


The primary function of elementary athletics in the Grand Rapids Diocese should not be the development of exceptional athletes. Rather, it must be the development of student athletes who genuinely display the Christian qualities of good sportsmanship and fair play in every aspect of life. The successful operation of athletics depends upon a true commitment from all adults involved



CODE OF ETHICS Back to top


It is the duty of all concerned with GRACEAC athletics to:

1. Emphasize the proper ideals of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play.

2. Eliminate all possibilities which tend to destroy the best values of the game.

3. Stress the values derived from playing the game fairly.

4. Show cordial courtesy to visiting teams and officials.

5. Establish a congenial relationship between visitors and host.

6. Respect the integrity and judgment of sports officials.

7. Achieve a thorough understanding and acceptance of the rules of the game and the standards of eligibility. 

8. Encourage leadership, use of initiative, and good judgment by the players on the team.

9. Recognize that the purpose of athletics is to promote the physical, mental, moral, social, and emotional well-being of the individual players.

10. Remember that an athletic contest is only a game – not a matter of life or death, for player, coach, team, official, spectator, parish, community, state or nation.





Taunting includes any actions or comments by coaches, players or spectators which are intended to bait, anger, embarrass, ridicule or demean others. Included is conduct that berates, needles, intimidates or threatens based on race, gender, ethnic background and conduct that attacks religious beliefs, size, economic status, speech, family, special needs or personal matters. Examples of taunting that would lead to ejection include, but are not limited to, “trash talk”, physical intimidation outside the spirit of the game, reference to sexual orientation, “in your face” confrontation by one player to another or standing over/straddling a tackled or fallen player.


For all sports, officials are to consider taunting a flagrant unsportsmanlike conduct foul that disqualifies the offending coach or player from the contest/day of competition and the next contest/day of competition. A warning may be given, but is not required, before ejection. Spectators may be given one warning for taunting. Spectators who taunt are to be removed from the contest area by the contest/game administrator. All incidents of taunting are to be reported the next day to the school principal, athletic director, and league president.