The Landmark Conference has placed special emphasis on sportsmanship since its inception. Athletic Directors from each of the nine member institutions support good sportsmanship and have behavioral expectations at their contests and events.
A fan sportsmanship program was developed for the inaugural year in 2007-08 and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) created a Sportsmanship Cup to recognize the top institution demonstrating sportsmanship each year. The Cup was replaced in 2013 with the All-Sportsmanship Team.
Fair and respectful conduct toward all participants and supporters is a tenet of Division III, one that the Landmark and its members strive to achieve at all times. Conference members believe that outstanding sportsmanship and civility are important expectations for all participants to experience at each athletic event, particularly at contests between conference members. Fans and participants are expected to represent their teams, institutions and the conference with behavior above reproach, and to observe the principles of good sportsmanship – civility, respect, honesty, dignity, courtesy, fairness, and integrity.
When attending Landmark contests, fans should keep the following principles in mind:
- Support the players, coaches, and officials; do not use personal comments or insults
- Please refrain from using profanity, vulgarity, racist or sexist comments during the game
- Be sure to treat fellow fans and event staff with respect
- Please do not consume or possess alcohol and tobacco products while at events
- Give players, coaches, and officials space to perform by staying clear of the competition area and team benches
NCAA Principle of Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct
For intercollegiate athletics to promote the character development of participants, to enhance the integrity of higher education and to promote civility in society, student-athletes, coaches, and all others associated with these athletics programs and events should adhere to such fundamental values as respect, fairness, civility, honesty and responsibility. These values should be manifest not only in athletics participation but also in the broad spectrum of activities affecting the athletics program.