TOWSON, Md. – The Landmark Conference will once again focus on excellent sportsmanship entering the 2019-20 season.
Last season, the Landmark continued its emphasis to make sportsmanship and improving the game environment a focus at all eight member institutions. During the conference's annual end-of-year meeting this past May, the Athletic Directors from each of the eight member institutions reviewed the program and agreed to continue the conference's campaign to promote good sportsmanship and behavioral expectations at their contests and events.
"The Landmark's focus for our institutions, teams and fans promoting good sportsmanship goes hand-in-hand with the league's commitment to the Division III philosophy," said Landmark commissioner Katie Boldvich. "Sportsmanship plays a key role in developing humility and relationships outside the field of play. I am proud of our member schools and all of our student-athletes and coaches for making this a priority on campus for all of their contests."
In an effort to continually enhance the game day experience, the Landmark provided its members new tools in order to create a welcoming environment, communicate behavioral expectations, and connect with its fans.
Fans should see signs as they enter facilities. Some expectations are straightforward, while others are a light-hearted attempt to get the message across. The Landmark goals are to increase fan awareness of what is expected and to create a dialogue between attendees, and also with the athletics department, in order to establish a fun, enjoyable experience for everyone.
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.
With the 2019 season underway, and in anticipation of Landmark play kicking off at the end of September, the conference and its members will reiterate their sportsmanship values, which are consistent with the philosophy of NCAA Division III, at contests and via social media. Recently, each institution shared a letter with its fans regarding standards.