Code of Conduct

As a member of the Central Coast Section of the California Interscholastic Federation and the Santa Cruz County Athletic League, St. Francis High School endorses sportsmanship policies adopted by those bodies. 

To insure a positive experience for student-athletes, coaches, and fans, and to promote good sportsmanship, the school must insist on behavior in keeping with the behavioral expectations listed here and outlined in the sportsmanship policies of the CCS and the SCCAL.  

Persons who conduct themselves in a manner inconsistent with the sportsmanship policies articulated in this document will be asked to leave the campus.

Sportsmanship Expectations for Persons Attending Athletic Contests hosted by St. Francis High School:

1. Seating of Spectators
It is the policy of the Central Coast Section/C.I.F. that all persons wishing to audibly cheer or support a particular team be seated in an area designated for or most closely associated with the team in question.

Seating of persons audibly cheering for a particular team in the cheering section or areas most closely identified with the opposing team is to be avoided whenever possible and such persons shall be directed by staff to the appropriate seating location for their team.                                                                                            
2. Behavior of spectators
Persons attending any contest hosted by  St. Francis High School who violate the terms of the CCS/CIF Sportsmanship Policy will be asked to leave the premises.

The following behavior is unacceptable at all CIF/CCS high school contests:

1. berating or mocking any school or school mascot
2. berating or mocking any player or coach
3. using obscene cheers or gestures
4. rolling chants or cheers intended to distract players during  volleyball services or basketball free throws will not be allowed.
5. displaying negative signs (e.g., ones that make derogatory comment on the opposing team)
6. using artificial noise makers, unless those specifically sanctioned by action of the CCS and/or the SCCAL 
7. berating any official


Athletic competition is an integral part of the high school experience.  CIF is uniquely positioned to foster student growth in values and ethics.  CIF’s ideal of “Pursuing Victory with Honor,” provides the opportunity to dramatically influence the actions of the athletic community.  CIF strives to strengthen the integrity of students and adults across the state by promoting the concepts of sportsmanship, honesty and quality academics. These priorities advance the highest principles of character – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship.


The CIF governs interscholastic athletics, promoting equity, quality, character and academic development.

  • Equity – Equal opportunity without regard to race, gender, and ethnicity within all aspects of the athletic program for students, personnel, schools and governance.
  • Quality – Training, education and commitment of coaches, officials, administrators and parents to improve the quality of athletic programs.
  • Character – Trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship.
  • Academic Development – Commitment to encourage academic growth is a high priority.