BULLDOG FAN BEHAVIOR

“What is acceptable and appropriate behavior for a fan at a Goochland High School contest?”

  1.  Fans should be seen and heard in a positive manner throughout the contest.  

As a parent and community member watching a contest, you should try to blend in with the woodwork. Don’t draw attention to yourself. The games are all about the students, not about you and your comments. If you have to say something during a contest, it should only be positive praise. Never direct negative comments towards our student-athletes, their opponents, or the officials. Root for the entire team, not just one individual kid.

2. Fans should never publically criticize their child….and never, ever criticize somebody else’s child!

Provide positive support, care, and encouragement to your student-athlete and our team. If you feel compelled to try and coach your player from the sidelines, or make some disparaging remarks, then you have crossed the line. Never ever criticize some other parent’s player on your team or the opponents.  Everyone wants to win, but it isn’t a win at all costs mentality.

Don’t belittle or demean your child with hurtful comments about his performance or lack of success. Players look to their parents for approval during contests, and if you look like you’re having a good time, then he or she will feel the same way. But if you’re scowling, or cursing, or stomping around, then your player will take that as a sign that they ought to be nervous and angry, too. So, relax – leave your game face at home – and wear a relaxed face to our games.

3. Every athletic contest is a learning experience for our student-athletes and our fans.

After the game, treat the contest as a learning experience and build on the positive and minimize the negatives of your child’s performance. I have seen too many relationships damaged between a parent and child because of ill-advised comments made in the heat of the moment immediately after a contest. Every player has a critical role in the team’s success. However, not every player can be the leading scorer or rusher. Show your child you value and accept his role in the team’s success. Love and accept your child for what he is, not for what you wished he was on the athletic field.

4. It is okay to applaud a nice play by an opposing player.

We’re trying to teach our students to be good sports, and to respect their opponents and the officials. So if one of the opposing players makes a great play, applaud it! That’s okay – yes, even sometimes the opposing team makes good plays! And you should tell your child that it’s okay for their opponents to be talented as well.

5. Coaching is the Coach’s job – – NOT yours.

Allow the coach to be responsible for your athlete during practices, games, or team related activities. Please do not coach your child from the stands. This presents confusion to the player and places an unfair pressure upon him to decide loyalty. Ultimately, your child is expected to do what he is being coached to do by his coach. When your child listens to you instead of the coach, he or she probably will be removed from the game by the coach.

Remember that there is more than one way to approach most situations in a game. Coaches are doing their best to make the right decisions based upon situations and the ability of their players. We all make mistakes and none of us start with those intentions. Respect their decisions and factor in execution of the players before forming bold opinions of their coaching abilities.

6. Our fans represent our school and community and other schools will judge the quality and character of our school district based on your behavior.

The coaching staff and administration of Goochland High School ask you to demonstrate Bulldog sportsmanship as you consciously recognize how you treat the officials, the opponents’ fans and players, and anyone else involved with the game. You represent our school just as much as our coaches and players.  We ask you to remain aware of the types of behaviors you are modeling to our students. Understand that you are a role model for your child and others. So if you’re going nuts on the referees, or throwing a temper tantrum, or seem emotionally unsettled in the stands, don’t be surprised if your child and our student body start acting the same way. If you behave this way, I can assure you it embarrasses the fans around you and more importantly your child.

7. Officials are not to be criticized or verbally abused in any way.

Respect the position and professionalism of game officials. Officials are human beings like you and I and they are going to make an occasional mistake. Understand that the vast majority of people do not know where to draw the line when it comes to questioning an official’s call.

Unfortunately, too many fans think that an official can somehow be psychologically influenced during a contest and that if they keep chirping and pointing out the mistakes of the official, they will begin to give our team the close calls. Of course, that never happens.  If anything, the official will just get annoyed with our fans and then all of the close calls will go in the direction of our opponent. Thus, our student-athletes will be the ones who will suffer if you choose to criticize officials.  If a questionable call is made during a game, it is the coach’s responsibility to discuss it with them in a respectful, professional manner.

Remember that it takes everyone from our school district and its programs to be considered a success not just on the field or court, but in the stands during the game, and the parking lot after the game. It is human nature to be critical. But a school’s success is based upon the commitment and sportsmanship of all. Any school program has a higher potential for success if everyone supports it in a positive manner. I look forward to your presence and support at each and every one of our contests this year.

Please take the time to enjoy the games and our student-athletes’ commitment and dedication to their sport and our school.

 

Athletic events for the week of October 8, 2012

Monday, October 8:

1.  The JV & varsity volleyball teams travel to Bluestone for their games at 5:00 & 6:15. (Notice start time moved up to 5:00)

Tuesday, October 9:

1.  Lifetouch will be here after school to take team & individual pictures for the golf and cross country teams starting at 3:30.  For golf team members, please pick up a brochure in the main office.  For cross country team members, the coaches should have your brochures.

Wednesday, October 10:

1.  The cross country teams host Bluestone & Cumberland at 4:30.

2.  The JV & varsity volleyball teams travel to Nottoway for their games at 6:00 & 7:15.

Thursday, October 11:

1.  The JV & varsity volleyball teams travel to Collegiate for their games at 4:30 & 6:00.

2.  The JV football team hosts Cumberland at 6:30.  Cost for the game is $5.00.

Friday, October 12:

1.  The varsity football team travels to Cumberland for their game at 7:00.

Saturday, October 13:

1.  The middle school volleyball team will host a middle school volleyball tournament in the high school gym starting at 9:00.  Cost for the tournament is $5.00.  Schools that are in the tournament with Goochland are Powhatan, Atlee, Cumberland, William Monroe & Richmond Christian.

2.  The cross country teams travel to Panorama Farms in Charlottesville for the Albemarle Cross Country Invitational at 9:30.

Athletic schedule information

There are a few ways to keep up with GHS athletic schedules.

1.  rSchoolToday is a site that will have GHS’s schedules on it.  Click on the link and there is a way to put in your e-mail address to get updates when athletic events are postponed.  The parent guide for rSchoolToday is can be found on the VHSL website also. 

2.   ViewMySchedule is still being used by GHS for scheduling and e-mails back to parents also.   

3.  GHS is also using Big Team Sports since they are linked up with rSchoolToday.  The website is goochlandsports.org

Athletic events for the week of October 1, 2012

Atheltic events for the week of October 1:

Monday, October 1:

1.  A couple of the members of the golf team will participate in the Region B Golf Tournament at The Manor Golf Club in Farmville at 9:00.

2.  The middle school boys soccer team hosts Powhatan at the old high school at 4:30.

3.  The middle school volleyball team hosts Powhatan at 4:30 in the middle school gym.

4.  The JV and varsity volleyball teams travel to Amelia for their games at 6:00 & 7:15.

Tuesday, October 2:

1.  The middle school volleyball team hosts Collegiate at 4:30.

Wednesday, October 3:

1.  The middle school boys soccer team hosts Collegiate at the old high school at 4:30.

2.  The cross country teams travel to Cumberland to take on Cumberland & Nottoway at 4:30.

3.  The JV & varsity volleyball teams host Central at 6:00 & 7:15.  Cost for the games is $5.00.

Thursday, Ocotber 4:

1.  The middle school boys soccer team travels to St. Christopher’s for their game at 4:30.

2.  The middle school volleyball team hosts William Monroe at 4:30.

3.  The JV football team travels to Nottoway for their game at 6:30.

Friday, October 5:

1.  The varsity football team hosts Nottoway at 7:00.  Cost for the game is $5.00

Athletic events for the week of September 17, 2012

Athletic events for the week:

Monday, September 17:

1.  The middle school volleyball and boys soccer teams travel to Powhatan for their games at 4:30.

2.  The JV & varsity volleyball teams host Nottoway at 6:00 & 7:15.  Cost for the games is $5.00.

Tuesday, September 18:

1.  The golf team travels to The Manor Golf Club to play in the James River District Golf Tournament at 9:00.

2.  The JV & varsity volleyball teams travel to Collegiate at 4:30 & 6:00.

Wednesday, September 19:

1.  The middle school volleyball team travels to Cumberland for their game at 4:30.

2.  The cross country teams host Nottoway, Amelia & Randolph-Henry at 4:30.

3.  The JV & varsity volleyball teams travel to Cumberland for their games at 6:00 & 7:15.

Thursday, September 20:

1.  The middle school volleyball team hosts Steward School at 4:30.

2.  The JV football team hosts Central at 6:30.  Cost for the game is $5.00.

Friday, September 21:

1.  The varsity football team travels to Central for their game at 7:00.

 

 

 

Athletic events for the week of September 10, 2012

Monday, September 10:

1.  The volleyball teams travel to Central for their games at 6:00 & 7:15.

Tuesday, September 11:

1.  The golf team travels to The Manor Golf Course in Farmville for the James River District Mini-Tournament at 4:00.

2.  The middle school volleyball team plays their first game of the year at William Monroe at 5:00.

Wednesday, September 12:

1.  The cross country teams travel to Buckingham to take on Buckingham, Bluestone & Randolph-Henry at 4:30.

2.  The JV football team travels to Monticello for their game at 6:30.

3.  The volleyball games scheduled with Bluestone have been postponed until Thursday, September 27.

Thursday, September 13:

1.  The middle school volleyball team hosts Atlee at 5:00.

Friday, September 14:

1.  The varsity football team hosts Monticello at 7:30.  Cost for the game is $5.00.