SAMPLE TOPIC OUTLINE FOR PREGAME
(THIS MEETING TO BEGIN APPROXIMATELY 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO START OF
ALL VARSITY (BOYS AND GIRLS) HOME BASKETBALL GAMES)
Attendees: Participating school’s principal/administrator or designees, coaches, team
captains, and game officials.
1) Welcome to all by home school administrator or administrative designee.
2) Operational items:
a) Location of administrators or administrative designees during the game
b) Proper conduct during warm-ups
c) Team introductions by announcer – conduct of players
3) To principals/administrators
b) Crowd control
4) To coaches
a) Thank you for your service to your student athletes and your school
b) Expectations – bench decorum
c) If the coach’s boxes are not marked, the game will not begin until they are
d) Demeanor pre and post game
5) To team captains
b) Leadership role – as captain your team looks to you to model good
c) Reminder – your team represents not only your school, but also your
family, community, league, and the San Diego Section
d) Expectations – player demeanor on the court and on the bench
e) Taunting, trash-talking and any unsportsmanlike conduct are
absolutely inappropriate and will not be tolerated.
6) To officials
a) Welcome and thank you for accepting this game assignment
b) Expectations – This game will be officiated fairly and demeaning behavior
will not be tolerated.
c) Officials’ instructions to the two teams
7) Closing remarks
Only one team will emerge as tonight’s winner – but everyone involved in this game
has an opportunity to act like a winner.
. . .over
SUGGESTED PUBLIC ADDRESS ANNOUNCEMENT WHILE SPORTSMANSHIP
MEETING IS TAKING PLACE AT OR NEAR CENTER COURT
(APPROXIMATELY 15 MINUTES BEFORE SCHEDULED START TIME)
GOOD EVENING LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:
WE WELCOME YOU TO __(Name)____ GYMNASIUM, HOME OF THE (Mascot name) of
(Name of) High School. TONIGHT’S GAME FEATURES THE (Home Mascot) VERSUS THE
(Opponent’s Mascot) of (Name of opponent’s) High School.
AT THIS TIME WE DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO CENTER COURT WHERE THE
ADMINISTRATIVE REPRESENTATIVES, CAPTAINS, COACHES OF BOTH SCHOOLS,
AND THE GAME OFFICIALS ARE CONDUCTING A PRE-GAME SPORTSMANSHIP
MEETING. THIS MEETING IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF A PROGRAM CALLED
PURSING VICTORY WITH HONOR THAT IS BEING IMPLEMENTED BY THE STATE
CIF AND THE CIF-SAN DIEGO SECTION STARTING THIS YEAR.
AT CENTER COURT THEY ARE DISCUSSING THE EXPECTATIONS AND PROPER
CODES OF CONDUCT BY CAPTAINS, PLAYERS, COACHES, AND GAME OFFICIALS.
WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN THEM BY BECOMING THE MODEL SPECTATORS AND
BASKETBALL FANS. REMEMBER, YOUR ACTIONS AND BEHAVIORS REFLECT
UPON YOUR CHILDREN, YOUR SCHOOL, FAMILY, COMMUNITY, LEAGUE, AND THE
CIF-SAN DIEGO SECTION.
ONE TEAM WILL EMERGE TONIGHT’S WINNER, BUT EVERYONE IN THIS
GYMNASIUM WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACT LIKE A WINNER.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP IN THIS EFFORT TO BRING GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP
BACK TO THE GAME.
(basketball\pregame meeting script)