Participating schools, in conjunction with The Vermont Principals’ Association, the Vermont Superintendents Association, and the Vermont School Athletic Directors Association require participants and spectators to behave in a respectful manner. Sportsmanship and a safe playing environment are the top priorities for all Vermont school-sponsored activities.
Vermont law requires learning environments free from hazing, harassment, and bullying of any kind. This is especially true with respect to a person’s race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, ethnic differences, or disability. Under no circumstances should any student athletes, officials, or coaches, be subjected to behavior and/or language aimed to demean, disrespect or harm.
If behavior or hate speech of this kind is observed and/or reported, the officials will stop the event immediately to meet with the coaches and the site administrator about the next course of action. Possible outcomes of violating this expectation include:
An immediate ejection from the event
Ending the event early and returning home
Possible forfeiture of the event or future events
Resuming the game without fans
Scheduling future games without fans
Restrictions/suspensions from future attendance/participation
Adults and student athletes are encouraged and expected to work together to ensure a meaningful and safe learning environment for our communities to grow and thrive together. Thank you to all participants for helping ensure the highest levels of respect and safety for all.