This time of year is exciting for Nebraska High School students, staff, parents and fans, including our Cardinal Nation!  Several venues provide an opportunity for students to showcase their talents and skills and fans to cheer on our favorite teams in district and state competition.  Those venues are also an opportunity to show other schools and the public that we can compete and support our teams in a manner that exhibits class and upholds our strong tradition of sportsmanship.  Anyone who has coached, played on a team,  been a parent of a student athlete or is an educated fan, knows that the biggest life lessons learned from sports come not always from the results on the scoreboard,  but lessons learned along the way. Win or lose we want to leave an impression that South Sioux City teams will compete extremely hard and do it with class! I wish all of our teams well and I am proud of the coaches, athletes, students and fans of South Sioux City! I hope the support for our activities continues to grow and wish everyone safe travels when traveling to competitions.  I have included an excerpt from the NSAA Sportsmanship manual reminding us all of the qualities that we like to see in each other at events.  Best of Luck to All our Coaches and Participants Always!  It’s a Great Day To Be a Cardinal!

The Fundamentals of Sportsmanship from the Nebraska School Activities Association

1. Gain an Understanding and Appreciation for the Rules of the Contest.
The necessity to be well informed is essential. Know the rules. If you are uninformed, refrain from expressing opinions on officials, coaches, or administrative decisions. The spirit of
Good Sportsmanship depends on conformance to a rule's intent as well as to the letter of a
given rule.

2. Exercise Representative Behavior at All Times.
A prerequisite to Good Sportsmanship requires one to understand his/her own prejudices that
may become factors in his/her behavior. The true value of interscholastic competition relies
upon everyone exhibiting behavior that is representative of a sound value base. A proper
perspective must be maintained if the educational values are to be realized. Your behavior
influences others whether you are aware of it or not.

3. Recognize and Appreciate Skilled Performances Regardless of Affiliation.
Applause for an opponent's good performance displays generosity and is a courtesy that
should be regularly practiced. This not only represents Good Sportsmanship, but also
reflects a true awareness of the game by recognizing and acknowledging quality.

4. Exhibit Respect for the Officials.
The officials of any contest are impartial arbitrators who are trained and who perform to the
best of their ability. Mistakes by all those involved in the contests are a part of the game. We
should not rationalize our own poor or unsuccessful performance or behavior by placing
responsibility on an official. The rule of Good Sportsmanship is to accept and abide by the
decision made. This value is critical for students to learn for later applications in life.

5. Display Openly a Respect for the Opponent at All Times.
Opponents are guests and should be treated cordially, provided with the best
accommodations and accorded tolerance at all times. Be a positive representative for your
school, team, or family. This fundamental is the Golden Rule in action.

6. Display Pride in Your Actions at Every Opportunity.
Never allow your ego to interfere with good judgment and your responsibility as a school
representative. Regardless of whether you are an adult, student, athlete, coach, or official,
this value is paramount since it suggests that you care about yourself and how others
perceive you.

 “You’ll never get ahead of anyone as long as you try to get even with him.”
--Lou Holtz