FIYA Sportsmanship Pledge



"I pledge to always show respect to my teammates, opponents, coaches, and the officials; to show good sportsmanship in both winning and losing; and to compete to the best of my abilities at all times." 



We thank you in advance for helping us achieve our goal of "Strengthening Schools Through Sports" by adhering to the spirit and words of the FIYA Pledge.


Before each FIYA game both teams join together at center court or midfield and recite the above pledge together as one. More than just words on a banner, the sentiments expressed in the pledge represent the manner in which all FIYA participants - players, coaches, and fans - are expected to comport themselves.  At FIYA we believe it is of paramount importance that all participants in any youth sports league maintain a proper perspective and attitude towards competition and winning in order for the children to have the best experience possible through which they can learn valuable lessons that will travel with them long after they leave the playing field. See the full FIYA Sportsmanship Pledge in action, being recited by both teams before a girls volleyball match here



Whether you're new to FIYA or a returning school participant, check out our video above to see the FIYA Sportsmanship Pledge in full effect and to get a deeper understanding why its words and symbolism are important to us and our community.




FIYA Sportsmanship Awards



In addition to our pre-game pledge, FIYA awards one team per league in every league sport (volleyball, flag football, basketball, soccer) with a Team Sportsmanship Award as determined by the league's votes. Each coach / team from our participating regional leagues is allowed one vote for one team of their choice whom they felt best represented the words of the pledge and demonstrated good sportsmanship consistnently and evidently throughout the regular season.


We feel that as a youth sports organization, it's our social responsiblity to help promote a positive sports culture for our participants and our youth altogether. Our sportsmanship pledge and awards serves as just two of the ways that we remind our competitiors and their fans on how to act appropriately.


The way we play and the way we act always leaves an impression on our opposing team and all parties involved.  Behaviors (before, during, and directly after) gametime, good or bad, reflect the characters of our athletes, coaches, and fans, and most importantly they are also a direct reflection of your school community as a whole. Please continue to represent your schools with pride and remember that every person's actions contribute to the experiences we provide through sports for our kids.


We believe school sports are an incredible opportunity for students and their adult leaders to positively showcase their schools, and also a unique way to enhance the educational experience as a whole for our growing children. That is the type of experience we see and wish to continue to see as a result from participating in FIYA. 


We thank you in advance for helping us achieve our goal of "Strengthening Schools Through Sports" by adhering to the spirit and words of the FIYA Pledge.