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Student-Athlete Conduct and Sportsmanship

Student-Athlete Conduct

All student-athletes are to abide by the policies and student code of conduct of the Henderson County Public Schools. Student-athletes who violate policies, regulations or the code of conduct may be subject to additional consequences as determined by their school or coach. Consequences for student-athletes engaging in prohibited behavior will be provided in accordance with the student code of conduct and the school’s rules and regulations. Each school is responsible for setting guidelines in regards to their athletic program. Each coach is responsible for setting and administering their team rules.

For more information concerning Student-Athlete Conduct please reference the Student Code of Conduct and Policy #470 Athletic Participation.


Interscholastic athletic events should be conducted in such a manner that good sportsmanship prevails at all times. Every effort should be made to promote a climate of wholesome competition. Sportsmanship is more important than victory and student-athletes, coaches, and spectators should respect the judgment and integrity of game officials at all times. The primary purpose of interscholastic athletics is to promote the physical, mental, moral, social and emotional well being of the players through the medium of contest. Student-athletes who are penalized in a contest for unsportsmanlike actions will be subject to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association mandated suspension and ejection policy.


The NCHSAA Sportsman / Ejection Policy applies to all persons involved in athletic contests, including student-athletes, coaches, managers and game administrators. The following examples include behavior or conduct which will result in an ejection from a contest: fighting, biting observed by an official, taunting, baiting or spitting toward an opponent, profanity, obscene gestures, or disrespectfully addressing an official, (making physical contact with an official is subject to automatic expulsion and can result in ineligibility for remainder of career).

Players receiving two ejections for unacceptable behavior will be suspended from all sports for the remainder of that sports season.

Receiving a third ejection in a school year will result in suspension from athletics for one calendar year (365 days from the date of the third ejection).

For soccer, five yellow cards accumulated by the same player will result in a suspension. An additional five yellow cards accumulated by the same player will result in an ejection. The player will be suspended from all sports for the remainder of that season on the 15th yellow card. A red card disqualification that is not an ejection is the equivalent of two yellow cards.

For wrestling, track, tennis, golf, cross-country, and swimming any individual ejected from an individual event or individual tournament may not participate for the remainder of the event from which he or she was ejected.