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The AMCC is an alliance of NCAA Division III institutions whose mission is to provide our students with an intercollegiate athletics program that advances their educational experience in a way that is safe, equitable, respectful, rewarding and balanced.

The practice and promotion of good sportsmanship and ethical conduct by all members of the AMCC community (i.e., staff, student-athletes, coaches, and spectators) shall be of paramount importance.


Hilbert College and coach Rob deGrandpre have been selected as the recipient of the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association’s (CBOA) Sam Schoenfeld Sportsmanship Award for the 2012-13 season.  The award was voted on by the collegiate basketball officials in Upstate New York, and is given to the school, coach, and players who best exemplify the highest degree of sportsmanship, character, and ethics, which are all characteristics of Sam Schoenfeld, a founding father of CBOA. The award was presented by Kevin Ferguson (area rep), and Benjy Bluman (past president CBOA).

Hilbert (14-4) shared the AMCC regular season league title. The Hawks earned the program’s first 20-win season and garnered two first team all-conference selections (Dan McFarland, Anthony Hodge) as well as the Newcomer of the Year and third team all-conference (Jerame Owens) and Coach of the Year for deGrandpre.
New York Times Editorial

The Spirit of the Game

Gracious losers, and winners, are, sadly, rare in professional sports.  Rafael Nadal's performance Monday night, after losing this year's US Open, was the very essence of graciousness and a reminder of what good sportsmanship really means.
On court, Mr. Nadal plays a relentless, slashing game. Off court, he is nearly always polite and soft-spoken. He had to be deeply tired and frustrated after losing the championship to Novak Djokovic in four grueling sets — his sixth straight loss to his rival. But at the postmatch press conference, Mr. Nadal refused to make excuses or look to blame anyone but himself.

When reporters opened by asking about a medical timeout Mr. Djokovic had taken, Mr. Nadal said, “We are starting the press conference in a bad way, I think. It’s not the right moment to find excuses.” When he was asked whether Mr. Djokovic’s evident back pain gave Mr. Nadal hope during the match, he said, simply, “My hope is always about myself, not about the opponent.” As for any future Nadal-Djokovic matches, he said, “It’s going to be tough to change the situation, but the goal is easy to see.”

It was moving to watch a man who had played with so much heart also speak with so much heart. His praise for Mr. Djokovic, who is having one of the greatest seasons ever, was generous and accurate. But the thing of beauty — and the very ethic behind his game — was the self-recognition in Mr. Nadal’s words, the sense of his personal responsibility for what happens to him on the court. It can be summed up in one of his own phrases, uttered with a terse eloquence: “Accept the challenge, and work.”

Conference coaches, team members and institutional staff members must exhibit professional decorum in dealings with other coaches, officials, players, institutional staff members, spectators, and members of the media.

It is the responsibility of conference coaches and administrators to uphold all NCAA rules and conference regulations, and to enforce such rules and regulations with their student-athletes and staff members.

All members of the athletic department’s staff and all student-athletes are expected to uphold the highest standards of ethical recruiting practices. Specifically this means: promoting the positive aspects of your own programs rather than speaking negatively of another institution; honoring the attendance decision of the prospective student-athlete; adhering to the letter and spirit of NCAA regulations and policies regarding financial aid and transfer actions; communicating in a timely manner, either coach to coach or AD to AD, any concerns relating to suspected recruiting violations or related ethic misconduct.

All individuals associated with the Conference and/or its member institutions (e.g., administrators, coaches, student-athletes, SIDs, event staff) are to refrain from making public comments of a negative or derogatory nature about other institutions, coaches, enrolled or prospective student-athletes, officials/umpires, or the conference office.
In the spirit of good sportsmanship, the Presidents of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference  ask you to respect the following conference rules:
- Cheer for your team, not against the visitors.
- Don’t get personal in your comments about players, coaches or officials.
- No profanity, vulgarity, racist or sexist comments shall be tolerated.
- Give players, coaches and officials their space by keeping away from the playing area and team bench areas.
- A “no tolerance” policy for alcohol use is in effect at all contests.

Be loud, be proud, but be positive.

All institution sport teams which compete for an AMCC championship may select one member from their team who displays good sportsmanship throughout the season to be a member of the All-AMCC Sportsmanship Team. These individuals are selected by vote of their teammates.

The student-athlete selected must consistently demonstrate a high level of ethical conduct, respect and fair play in both practice and competition, whether on the sidelines or as an active competitor. Such sportsmanship shall be evident toward teammates, coaches, opponents, officials and fans. He/She must also serve as a positive representative of school spirit when a spectator at other teams’ sporting events.


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