NAC Sportsmanship & Code of Ethics

The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) is committed to promoting good sportsmanship and developing and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for competition. We believe the opportunity to represent a NAC institution is a privilege, which is accompanied by the responsibility to act with dignity, integrity and respect at all times.

Individuals associated with a NAC member institution are expected to conduct themselves in such a manner that represents the highest level of honor, and to observe the tenets of good sportsmanship, honesty, fairness, dignity, civility and respect.

Integration of athletics, academics and accomplishment provide each of our institutions and its athletics participants a rewarding experience. The Conference expects the values of good sportsmanship on the part of student-athletes, coaches, administrators, spectators or any individuals associated with a member institution. The Code of Ethics is designed to foster an environment that encourages reasoned discourse, intellectual honesty, openness to constructive change and respect for the rights of all individuals.

NAC Member Responsibilities

  1. To develop strategies to educate athletes, coaches, parents and community partners about sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play.
  2. To stress values derived from playing the game fairly.
  3. To treat opponents with respect and dignity, showing cordial courtesy to all visiting teams.
  4. To respect the integrity and judgment of the officials.
  5. To educate and inform coaches and athletes about NCAA and Conference rules and regulations.
  6. To provide appropriate levels of event management personnel, precluding participating coaches and including Athletic Training, at all contests.


NAC Sportsmanship

  1. Observing and supporting the rules of the game.
  2. Promoting the spirit as well as the letter of the rules.
  3. Placing fairness first as a goal in all competition.
  4. Taking personal responsibility for high standards of play and conduct.
  5. Showing civility toward competitors, coaches and officials.
  6. Playing cleanly while playing hard.
  7. Showing maturity and integrity in conduct on and off the field of play.
  8. Being a gracious competitor and accepting both wins and losses with dignity.

NAC Misconduct/Inquiry Process

A President or Director of Athletics from any member institution may file a report of misconduct by any constituent of the conference (President, athletic administrator, commissioner, coach, student-athlete, spectator, etc...) to the North Atlantic Conference office. Upon receipt of this complaint, the Director of Athletics from the involved school will be contacted. An investigation will be initiated by the Ethics Committee, comprised of the Conference Commissioner, the Chair of the Athletic Directors' Council, Sport Chairperson and for serious allegations, the Chair of the Presidents' Council. Alternates for the committee will be selected when the incident involves a member(s) from his/her particular institution.

The Ethics Committee, on finding that additional action is required, may take any of the following actions:

  1. Private Reprimand to the individual/institution.
  2. Disqualification of the involved individual(s) from future competition as deemed appropriate (may be in addition to any NCAA rules suspensions).
  3. Suspension of the institution involved, from participating in the NAC Championships.
  4. Public Reprimand
  5. Financial or other penalties different from 1-4 above which may be deemed appropriate (could include educational programs for those involved).

The Committee's decision will be communicated in writing by the Commissioner to the involved parties through the institution's Director of Athletics. The president of the involved institution will also be notified.

Upon receipt of formal notification, the involved parties will be given a period of 3 days to appeal the Conference decision. Any appeals must be done in writing, signed by the Director of Athletics and institutional President and directed to the North Atlantic Conference Commissioner. Appeals may be submitted provided new information or details not included in the original investigation are available.

The Ethics Committee and the Commissioner, serving as a voting member, will review the appeal materials within a 3 day period and determine the outcome of the appeal by a majority rule. The decision will be communicated by the Commissioner to the involved Director of Athletics and President immediately.

Communication Protocol for Unsportsmanlike Incidents 

  1. Incident is identified.
  2. Host Athletic Director reviews incident. Speaks with:
    1. Administrator in charge of contest in question
    2. Coach of team involved
    3. Student-athletes involved (if any)
    4. Other individuals who may have been involved
  3. Host Athletic Director contacts Conference Commissioner to report incident.
  4. Host Athletic Director contacts opposing Athletic Director to discuss and review. Athletic Directors attempt to resolve matter together.
  5. If no resolution is reached, matter is referred to Ethics Committee for action. 
  6. Ethics Committee will recommend action as per the NAC Code of Ethics Misconduct/Inquiry Process.

NAC Sportsmanship Message (Written, Read over PA)

The following message should be read at the start of all athletic contests where PA is available and should be printed in all game programs:

The NCAA and the North Atlantic Conference promote good sportsmanship by the student-athletes, coaches and spectators at today’s contest. We request your cooperation by supporting the participants and officials in a positive manner. Profanity, racial or sexist comments, or other intimidating actions directed at officials, student-athletes, coaches or team representatives will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal from (site of competition). Any spectators that enter the playing area during a contest, will be removed from (site of competition).

Suggestions for Event Management/Control

    1. Hold weekly Event Management Meetings to identify contest personnel:

  • Event Manager in charge
  • Athletic Trainer
    • Review emergency medical procedures prior to season
  • Visiting Team Host
    • Greet team upon arrival
    • Direct/escort to locker room
    • Answer questions, give directions
  • PA Announcer
  • Clock, scoreboard operators (should be adults rather than students)
  • Official scorer
  • Stat Crew personnel
  • Video Tape personnel

    2. Establish means of communication for Event Manager (ie. emergency phone).

    3. NAC Sportsmanship message

  • Printed in game programs
  • Read over the PA system prior to contest

    4. Develop protocol for dealing with crowd control or sportsmanship issues

  • Event Manager
  • Athletic Department personnel
  • Involvement of campus security and/or law enforcement personnel

Expectations for Fan Behavior

  • Cheer for your team, not against the opponents.
  • Refrain from making personal comments about players, coaches or officials.
  • Profanity, vulgarity, racist or sexist comments are not permitted.
  • Stay away from the playing area and team bench areas.
  • Alcohol will not be tolerated at any contest.