CCC Sportsmanship

The Commonwealth Coast Conference 
Institution, Coach, & Student Athlete Code of Ethics 

The Commonwealth Coast Conference provides experiences and opportunities for student athletes to develop socially acceptable and personally fulfilling values and characteristics. Through its competition, The Commonealth Coast Conference  hopes to provide practice opportunities in making value judgments and developing social relationships, which will help to determine desirable behavior and personal qualities. Integration of athletics, academics, and accomplishment will provide each of our institutions and its athletic participants a rewarding experience. 

Specifically, each institution and participant, within the rules and regulations of the NCAA, ECAC, and The Commonealth Coast Conference will:

  • Recognize the uniqueness and worth of each individual and help them to build confidence, exhibit cooperation, and make a contribution to themselves and others around them.
  • Have pride in being a good example in appearance, conduct, language, and sportsmanship.
  • Emphasize the proper ideals of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play.
  • Demonstrate and instill a respect for and courtesy toward opposing teams, players, coaches, fans, and officials.
  • Exhibit and develop in its program an ability to accept defeat or victory gracefully 
    without undue emotion.
  • Play each contest within the spirit of the game and the letter of the rules.
  • Work towards eliminating all possibilities which tend to destroy the best values of the game.

Sportsmanship Statement

The Commonwealth Coast Conference and (host institution) encourages and promotes good sportsmanship by student athletes, coaches, and spectators. We encourage your cooperation by supporting the participants and officials in a positive manner. Profanity, racial or sexist comments, or other intimidating actions directed at any of the above parties will not be tolerated and are ground for removal from the site of competition without refund.


In addition to its own sportsmanship values, the Commonwealth Coast Conference has joined forces with seven other NCAA Division III conferences in New England to place the highest emphasis on good sportsmanship, personal conduct, and fostering a safe and friendly environment in which to compete. The eight New England Division Conference commissioners have formed a joint opinion to encourage student-athletes, coaches, administrators, officials, and spectators to strive for the same principles and promote an athletic atmosphere for all to enjoy. The eight New England conferences include the Commonwealth Coast Conference, Great Northeast Athletic Conference, Little East Conference, Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference, New England Collegiate Conference, New England Small College Athletic Conference, New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference, and the North Atlantic Conference. 


September 16, 2011


New England serves as the proud home to eight NCAA Division III athletic conferences comprised of more than 80 colleges and universities. Our eight conferences provide intercollegiate athletic experiences which support the academic missions of each of our member institutions for thousands of student-athletes. 

As Division III conference commissioners, we strive to ensure that our conferences are providing positive athletic opportunities as an integral aspect of the educational experience of student-athletes. We place the utmost importance on sportsmanship, personal conduct, and safe and collegial environments in which our student-athletes compete.

Good sportsmanship and a positive participatory experience are not just words and catchphrases, but values to which student-athletes, coaches, athletics administrators, game officials and spectators must be fully committed in order to provide a positive climate for athletics competition. We must all work together and be fully committed to fostering the principles of good sportsmanship and positive game environments for which we all strive.

The member institutions from each of the conferences listed here are choosing to make a commitment to enhance the experience of all participants by joining the New England Division III Sportsmanship Initiative. The philosophy behind this initiative is based upon the simple commitment to fair and respectful conduct toward all participants and supporters. Each conference will put its own stamp on this program with a shared commitment to: 

  •   Athletics Administrators and Contest Managers ensuring that all coaches and student-athletes are aware of the importance of good sportsmanship and holding them accountable for their conduct. 
  •   Coaches educating assistant coaches and student-athletes about the importance of ethical behavior and being a positive role model.  
  •   Student-Athletes serving as exceptional representatives of their team and their institutions and making a commitment to always acting in a proper manner. 
  •   Conference Office Personnel reinforcing the importance of ethical behavior and good sportsmanship with institutional personnel, student-athletes and game officials. 
  •   Game Officials firmly addressing issues of unsporting behavior and negative actions and exhibiting the highest level of professionalism. 
  •  Spectators cheering for their team’s student-athletes, and refraining from cheering against opponents.

As conference commissioners, we hope that you will join us in our combined effort to promote good sportsmanship and positive game environments.

Thank you for your support.

Gregg M. Kaye, Commissioner
The Commonwealth Coast Conference

Joe Walsh, Commissioner
Great Northeast Athletics Conference

Jonathan Harper, Commissioner
Little East Conference

Angela Baumann, Commissioner
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference
Del Malloy, Commissioner
New England Collegiate Conference

Andrea Savage, Executive Director
New England Small College Athletic Conference

Patrick Summers, Executive Director
New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference

Julie Muller, Commissioner
North Atlantic Conference