The 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."
The Meaning of our 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.
WATCH OUR SPORTSMANSHIP VIDEO!
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 gain a deeper understanding of why its words and symbolism are important to us and our community.
TEAM 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.