A primary focus of the MCPS interscholastic athletics program is the promotion and reinforcement of good sportsmanship among coaches, players and fans. Sportsmanship Expectations Posters are posted at middle and high school athletic events.
MCPS has a comprehensive Sportsmanship Award Program which includes an Evaluation Form that is completed by officials and game administrators for every varsity contest in which officials, referees, or umpires are used. An interactive version of the form may also be submitted electronically. Non-officiated sports utilize a different system for evaluation.
Based on the evaluation scores, individual teams earn sportsmanship points for the school. Teams that win the Sportsmanship Award receive engraved plates that are affixed to plaques located in prominent areas of the school. Countywide school sportsmanship awards are presented annually to those schools whose teams have compiled the greatest number of sportsmanship awards. Cash prizes are awarded to the highest scoring schools.