KNOW THE RULES!
DON’T SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES OF YOUR ACTIONS!!
Did you know that you could be:
…ejected immediately from a game/match?
…not participate for the next 2 - 4 games/matches?
…have your school fined $1,000?
…be responsible for your team to be ineligible for the playoffs?
(Please remember you are playing with HIGH SCHOOL RULES and not following the actions of some College/University or the Professional Teams)
SPORTSMANSHIP/EJECTION POLICY - NCHSAA
This policy applies to all persons involved in an athletic contest, 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, which includes, but is not limited to, combative acts such as:
– an altercation between 2 or more parties that includes swinging, hitting, punching and/or
– an attempt to strike an opponent with a fist, hands, arms, legs, feet, or equipment
– an attempt to punch or kick an opponent, regardless of whether or not contact is made
– an attempt to instigate a fight by committing an unsportsmanlike act toward an opponent
that causes an opponent to retaliate
– leaving the bench area to participate in a fight (contact or no contact)
• flagrant contact, which includes, but is not limited to, combative acts such as:
– maliciously running over the catcher/fielder without attempt to avoid contact
– excessive contact out-of-bounds or away from playing action than is unwarranted and
extreme in nature
– tackling/taking down a player dangerously in a malicious manner
– illegally hitting or cross-checking an opponent in an excessive manner with the crosse in lacrosse
• biting observed or determined by an official
• taunting, baiting or spitting toward an opponent or official
• profanity, directed toward an official or opponent
• obscene gestures, including gesturing in such a manner as to intimidate or instigate
• disrespectfully address (physically contacting an official is subject to automatic
expulsion and can result in ineligibility for remainder of career) an official
Penalty For an ejection for the above reasons:
• football – ejection from the contest, miss the next contest at that level and all
contests in the interim (miss the next two contests for fighting)
• all other sports – ejection from the contest, miss the next two contests at that
level and all contests in the interim (miss the next four contests for fighting)
Individuals: Players receiving two ejections for unacceptable behavior as defined
above will be suspended from all sports for the remainder of that sport 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).
Teams: Teams in the following situations will not be allowed to participate in the
• a team whose players and coaches accumulate six or more individual ejections
• a team whose players and coaches accumulate three or more individual
ejections for fighting (note: if a situation occurs where three of more players on
one team are ejected during one fighting incident, those three individual ejections
will cause the team to lose its playoff privileges)
If a team hits either threshold (total ejections or ejections for fighting) during
the playoffs, it will be disqualified from further participation in the playoffs.
Penalties are cumulative from sport to sport and from sport season to sport season, but not
academic year to academic year. Ejections in the last game of the season carry over to the
next sport in which the individual participates that year. Ejected players may practice during
their suspensions but may not play. Ejected coaches may not be on the premises for a
contest. The coach must leave the premises (press box, bleachers, adjacent field, etc.) and
must not have any type of contact with the team.
If no member of the school’s coaching staff is present to assume the ejected coach’s duties,
the contest is terminated by a forfeit.
Anytime a student/coach is ejected from a game/meet, he/she does not participate/coach the
remainder of that day. The student/coach is also suspended from the next two scheduled,
rescheduled or contracted date at that level of competition (one in football) and all games/
meets in the interim at other levels of competition.
The coach is not permitted to be at the game site during his/her suspension, but the student
is allowed at the game site.
Any student athlete/coach/administrator who is ejected or disqualified from a contest is
required to complete the STAR Sportsmanship Program before being eligible to return to
$1,000.00 FINE – (1) Individual(s) involved in a fight before or after a contest (from the time of arrival until departure)…(2) Individual(s) leaving the bench and coming on to the playing area during a fight (whether they participate in the fight or not).
FOR SOCCER ONLY:
Coaches and athletic directors will be responsible for tracking yellow cards accumulated by
• five yellow cards accumulated by the same player will result in a suspension (miss next
contest at that level and all contests in the interim)
• an additional five yellow cards accumulated by the same player (season total of 10) will
result in an ejection. The player will be suspended from all sports for the remainder of that
season on the 15th yellow card (or second ejection).
• a red card disqualification that is not an ejection is the equivalent of two yellow cards.
Penalties are enforced at the conclusion of the game, and an ejection report must also be
filed at the appropriate time for accumulation of yellow cards.
• Yellow cards are reset to zero once playoffs begin (all previous penalties must be served).
• With three yellow cards in playoffs, player is suspended for next game. A total of five yellow
cards and any player is out for remainder of playoffs and may carry over to other sports.
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 (entire day(s) of competition or tournament) from which he
or she was ejected. Additionally, the individual may not participate in the next scheduled
two events or any other events, in any sport, at any level, in the interim.
Athletes are expected to sign the sportsmanship pledge, and coaches are expected to sign the
code of conduct for coaches.
II. Penalties that may be imposed by the State Department of Public Instruction:
A. Participation Ban —Violations of the state regulations, negligence or poor sportsmanship
may forfeit the right of the school to participate in interscholastic athletics for a given
period of time to be determined by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction