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.