Central Indians: Champions of Character Program

The Building Champions of Character Sportsmanship Initiative is designed to raise awareness in the importance of good sportsmanship and the positive impact it will have on Central High School, the St. Joseph School District and participating student-athletes.

The Champions of Character Initiative promotes the five core values of character driven athletics: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

Central High School believes that, in order for an institution to convey a message of positive sportsmanship, it must have the involvement and participation of everyone involved with athletics.  This includes, but not limited to, administration, teachers, coaches, players, parents and fans.  Our behavior will shape the public’s perception of our institution and team.

Positive sportsmanship must be displayed both on and off the playing field.  Help Central High School in competing at the highest level, always endeavoring to win, but doing so with grace, class, dignity and respect.

Please join us in supporting the Building Champions of Character process and help make Central High School Athletics one of the premier programs in the community.

NAIA_ChampionsofCharacter_logoFor more information on the Champions of Character Initiative please visit the NAIA Champions of Character website: http://www.championsofcharacter.org/



RESPECT – Taking correction as a compliment. Giving 100 percent / 100 percent of the time. Listening with your ears and eyes

RESPONSIBILITY – Focusing attention and effort. Recovering quickly from mistakes. Staying positive no matter what.

INTEGRITY – Your “yes” means yes and your “no” means no.

SERVANT LEADERSHIP – Putting your team first in every decision.

SPORTSMANSHIP – Reacting correctly even when other don’t.


As a participant, your job is to do your best at every practice and competition – both as an athlete and as an enthusiastic and supportive team leader.  Good sportsmanship for athletes means you must:

  • Treat opponents with respect. Shake hands before and after game, and avoid verbal or physical action that is disrespectful.
  • Respect officials and accept their decisions.
  • Follow the rules of the game.
  • Remember that you represent your school, your family and your community.  Avoid any behavior that would embarrass or shame these groups.
  • Cooperate with coaches, teammates and officials.
  • Avoid foul language.
  • Act as a role model.  Know that whether you realize it or not, you are setting an example for teammates and fans.
  • Know that participating is a privilege, not a right.

As a coach, your job is to enthusiastically guide your team and set example for players and fans.  Good sportsmanship for coaches means you must:

  • Treat opposing coaches, players and fans with respect.  Shake hands with coaches before and after the game.
  • Respect officials and accept their decisions.  Shake hands with officials before and after the game.
  • Follow the rules of the game.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and expect the same from your team.
  • Act as a role model of good sportsmanship for players and fans.
  • Avoid foul language.
  • Develop a code of ethics for team members and enforce penalties for players who display poor sportsmanship.
  • Demand good sportsmanship at all times – not only during competitions, but also at practice and in the locker room.

As a fan/parent, your job is to provide positive, enthusiastic support for your team and to respect the opponent.  Good sportsmanship for fans/parents means you must:

  • Treat coaches and players from both teams with respect.
  • Acknowledge outstanding efforts from both teams.
  • Respect officials and accept their decisions.
  • Avoid negative comments or signage.
  • Avoid foul language.
  • Maintain enthusiasm, composure and a positive attitude.
  • Act as a role model of good sportsmanship for other fans.
  • Stay in areas designated for fans.  Avoid disrupting play.