What is the Code of Conduct?
The Code of Conduct was established to address unsportsmanlike or inappropriate behavior displayed by a coach, volunteer, or athlete during a Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) training or competition event.
CODE OF CONDUCT
SOPA is committed to the highest ideals of sports and expects all athletes to honor sportsmanship and Special Olympics. All Special Olympics athletes and Unified Partners agree to the following code:
- Practice good sportsmanship
- Act in ways that bring respect to me, my coaches, my team and Special Olympics
- Refrain from using bad language
- Refrain from swearing or insulting other persons
- Refrain from fighting with other athletes, coaches, volunteers or staff
TRAINING AND COMPETITION
- Train regularly
- Learn and follow the rules of my sport
- Listen to my coaches and the officials and ask questions when I do not understand
- Always try my best during training, divisioning and competitions
- Refrain from “holding back” in preliminaries just to get into an easier heat
RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY ACTIONS
- Refrain from making inappropriate or unwanted physical, verbal, or sexual advances to others
- Refrain from smoking in non-smoking areas
- Refrain from drinking alcohol or using illegal drugs at Special Olympics events
- Refrain from taking drugs for the purpose of improving my performance
- Obey all laws and Special Olympics rules
As an athlete, I understand that if I do not obey this Code of Conduct, I will be subject to a range of consequences by my Program or a Games Organizing Committee which may include not being allowed to participate.
What Is the Honest Effort Rule?
Athletes are to participate honestly and with maximum effort in all preliminary trials and/or finals. Athletes competing 25% faster/better in finals than their best time/score (either preliminary or entry score) will not receive an award.