Patriot League Sportsmanship Awards

The Patriot League was founded upon the principles of fairness, equality and excellence in academics as well as in athletic participation. It strongly supports the NCAA's core principle: promoting character development of participants and fundamental values such as respect, fairness, civility, honesty and responsibility. The Patriot League member institutions will ensure that their athletic programs promote and require the highest standards of sporting behavior and ethical conduct by all participants (student-athletes, coaches, staff and faculty). Additionally, the member institutions will require and demand the highest standards from all supporters (bands, cheerleaders, spirit groups, student bodies and spectators). Host institutions must provide venues that foster an environment of fair play and civility. This will allow the conducting of sporting events that properly showcase the student-athletes, member institutions and the Patriot League as a whole. Below is information about the awards. Patriot League Award of Good Sporting Conduct (link to section of the page) Patriot League Sportsmanship Award (link to section of the page) Patriot League Award of Outstanding Leadership and Character (link to section of the page)

Patriot League Award of Good Sporting Conduct

Throughout the academic year the Patriot League collects nominations for the Patriot League Award of Good Sporting Conduct to recognize and honor exemplary sporting behavior by all student-athletes, coaches, teams as a whole and staff members associated with the intercollegiate athletic program. Below is information about both awards. Patriot League Award of Good Sporting Conduct (link to form)

Patriot League Sportsmanship Award

First awarded at the conclusion of the 2005-06 academic year, the Patriot League Sportsmanship Award is open to all Patriot League student-athletes, with one male and one female winner selected each year. The Patriot League has established this Sportsmanship Award to recognize and honor those who demonstrate the values of respect and integrity through a specific action ideally directed towards an opponent. Nominees must have consistently demonstrated the values of respect and integrity in his or her daily participation in intercollegiate athletics. Student-athlete or team nominees must be affiliated with a Patriot League sponsored sport during the academic year. In addition, nominees must be in good academic standing at the time of the award application.

Each Patriot League institution is eligible to submit one male and one female nominee, who will ultimately be voted on by the Patriot League Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) administrators. The League office will award each winner with a plaque (note: teams who win will receive one plaque as recognition for their achievement), and a congratulatory letter from the Executive Director of the Patriot League. In addition, the male and female winners of the Patriot League Sportsmanship Award will be forwarded on as the Patriot League’s nominations for the NCAA Bob Frederick Sportsmanship Award. In recent years, the NCAA has allowed anyone (e.g., administrators, student-athletes) to nominate individuals directly to the NCAA, but in an attempt to streamline this process and provide the best possible candidates from the League, the League office requests that all League membership-affiliated individuals allow the League to submit the Patriot League Sportsmanship Award winners to the NCAA on behalf of all League institutions.