AMCC MISSION STATEMENT
The AMCC is an alliance of NCAA Division III institutions whose
mission is to provide our students with an intercollegiate
athletics program that advances their educational experience in a
way that is safe, equitable, respectful, rewarding and balanced.
EXCERPT FROM CORE VALUES:
The practice and promotion of good sportsmanship and ethical
conduct by all members of the AMCC community (i.e., staff,
student-athletes, coaches, and spectators) shall be of paramount
New York Times Editorial
The Spirit of
Published: September 13, 2011
Gracious losers, and winners, are, sadly, rare in
professional sports. Rafael Nadal's performance Monday
night, after losing this year's US Open, was the very essence of
graciousness and a reminder of what good sportsmanship really
On court, Mr. Nadal plays a relentless, slashing
game. Off court, he is nearly always polite and soft-spoken. He
had to be deeply tired and frustrated after losing the
championship to Novak Djokovic in four grueling sets — his sixth
straight loss to his rival. But at the postmatch press
conference, Mr. Nadal refused to make excuses or look to blame
anyone but himself.
When reporters opened by asking about a
medical timeout Mr. Djokovic had taken, Mr. Nadal said, “We are
starting the press conference in a bad way, I think. It’s not
the right moment to find excuses.” When he was asked whether Mr.
Djokovic’s evident back pain gave Mr. Nadal hope during the
match, he said, simply, “My hope is always about myself, not
about the opponent.” As for any future Nadal-Djokovic matches,
he said, “It’s going to be tough to change the situation, but
the goal is easy to see.”
It was moving to watch a man who had played
with so much heart also speak with so much heart. His praise for
Mr. Djokovic, who is having one of the greatest seasons ever,
was generous and accurate. But the thing of beauty — and the
very ethic behind his game — was the self-recognition in Mr.
Nadal’s words, the sense of his personal responsibility for what
happens to him on the court. It can be summed up in one of his
own phrases, uttered with a terse eloquence: “Accept the
challenge, and work.”
AMCC CODE OF CONDUCT
Conference coaches, team members and institutional staff members
must exhibit professional decorum in dealings with other coaches,
officials, players, institutional staff members, spectators, and
members of the media.
It is the responsibility of conference coaches and administrators
to uphold all NCAA rules and conference regulations, and to
enforce such rules and regulations with their student-athletes and
All members of the athletic department’s staff and all
student-athletes are expected to uphold the highest standards of
ethical recruiting practices. Specifically this means: promoting
the positive aspects of your own programs rather than speaking
negatively of another institution; honoring the attendance
decision of the prospective student-athlete; adhering to the
letter and spirit of NCAA regulations and policies regarding
financial aid and transfer actions; communicating in a timely
manner, either coach to coach or AD to AD, any concerns relating
to suspected recruiting violations or related ethic misconduct.
All individuals associated with the Conference and/or its member
institutions (e.g., administrators, coaches, student-athletes,
SIDs, event staff) are to refrain from making public comments of a
negative or derogatory nature about other institutions, coaches,
enrolled or prospective student-athletes, officials/umpires, or
the conference office.
BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE
In the spirit of good sportsmanship, the Presidents of the
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference ask you to respect
the following conference rules:
- Cheer for your team, not against the visitors.
- Don’t get personal in your comments about players, coaches or
- No profanity, vulgarity, racist or sexist comments shall be
- Give players, coaches and officials their space by keeping away
from the playing area and team bench areas.
- A “no tolerance” policy for alcohol use is in effect at all
Be loud, be proud, but be positive.
All institution sport teams which compete
for an AMCC championship may select one member from their team who
displays good sportsmanship throughout the season to be a member
of the All-AMCC Sportsmanship Team. These individuals are selected
by vote of their teammates.
The student-athlete selected must consistently demonstrate a high
level of ethical conduct, respect and fair play in both practice
and competition, whether on the sidelines or as an active
competitor. Such sportsmanship shall be evident toward teammates,
coaches, opponents, officials and fans. He/She must also serve as
a positive representative of school spirit when a spectator at
other teams’ sporting events.