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The International Mental Game Coaching Association is a leader in the mental game of sport education for coaches, athletes and parents. IMGCA strongly believes that sport should be a living laboratory for learning about sportsmanship and for developing character. IMGCA has three sportsmanship pledges you can use: The Athlete Sportsmanship Pledge, the Parent Sportsmanship Pledge and the Coach Sportsmanship Pledge.

IMGCA has developed this athlete sportsmanship pledge designed to foster self-development and to encourage healthy and ethical behavior throughout the sport experience.

At the bottom of this pledge you will find places for a signature and a date. IMGCA encourages readers to commit to this pledge. This pledge can be undertaken for one person, an entire team, a league or for any organization.

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IMGCA would like to hear from you if you have suggestions for ways to improve this pledge. Here now is the International Mental Game Coaching Association Athlete Pledge:

The International Mental Game Coaching Association
Athlete Sportsmanship Pledge

Bill Cole, MS, MA
Founder and President
The International Mental Game Coaching Association

I view sports as a worthwhile endeavor in and of itself, and also as a vehicle for learning valuable life lessons. I know that sports both display character and build character.


  1. I commit to demonstrating decorum, civility, sportsmanship, respect, courtesy, fair play, integrity and ethical, responsible behavior at all times.

  2. I commit to reading, learning, understanding and promoting the rules of my sport so rule, policy and procedural misunderstandings are minimized, and so I can compete to my fullest.

  3. I commit to always understanding that I am an ambassador for my school, club, program or association, and will conduct myself with behavior that is beyond reproach at all times.

  4. I commit to promoting my sport as a growth laboratory and learning experience, for sport and life itself.

  5. I commit to know, understand and follow both the spirit and the letter of the rules, customs, traditions and expectations of my sport.

  6. I commit to giving every moment of every event 100% of my energy, competitive fight and sportsmanship.

  7. I commit to learning and displaying excellent emotional and mental self-control at all times.

  8. I commit to being a good citizen in school, my community, my nation, and in the larger world.

  9. I commit to being an excellent student, and I realize that school comes first, with my sport experience being contingent on acceptable academic performance.

  10. I commit to being on watch for behavior from others that does not promote well-being, such as negativity, belittling, bullying and physical, mental or emotional abuse. When I encounter this behavior, I will take appropriate steps to bring it under control.

  11. I commit to taking responsibility for fair play and in adhering to the spirit and letter of the rules even when there are no officials present, and I am the one acting as referee or official.

  12. I commit to respect persons in positions of authority, and their decisions.

  13. I commit to maintaining dignity in the face of adversity.

  14. I commit to treating others the way I wish to be treated, using the "Golden Rule".

  15. I commit to being accountable for my actions and in accepting the consequences of any behaviors that are less than desirable.

  16. I commit to showing restraint, emotional control and good judgment if I am unfairly accused or criticized.

  17. I commit to winning and losing with dignity and respect for everyone.

  18. I commit to supporting, encouraging and assisting my teammates, coaches and anyone associated with my sport, in any way I possibly can, so everyone can succeed.

  19. I commit to being a person who exemplifies and promotes loyalty, accountability, trustworthiness and good citizenship.

  20. I commit to creating and promoting a sports environment that is free of drugs, tobacco and alcohol.

  21. I commit to treating all persons with respect, regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.

  22. I commit to behaving in a responsible, respectful manner with regards to social media in my sport, including websites, blogs, or any form of social media.

  23. I commit to showing respect and concern for an injured player, regardless of the team they are on.

  24. I commit to showing gratitude for everyone associated with my sport, including game officials, staff, coaches, parents, school and league administrators and anyone else who gives of themselves to make the sport better.

  25. I commit to being an excellent, respectful communicator, relating to others with sensitivity, kindness and fairness at all times.

  26. I commit to being a role model for everyone, and particularly for younger athletes, and I am mindful that I have a responsibility to lead by example at all times.



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Copyright Bill Cole, MS, MA 2011-2020. All rights reserved.

Bill Cole, MS, MA, a leading authority on peak performance, mental toughness and coaching, is founder and President of the International Mental Game Coaching Association, Bill is also founder and CEO of William B. Cole Consultants, a consulting firm that helps organizations and professionals achieve more success in business, life and sports. He is a Wall Of Fame Honoree, an award-winning scholar-athlete, published book author and articles author, and has coached at the highest levels of major-league pro sports, big-time college athletics and corporate America. For a free, extensive article archive, or for questions and comments visit him at or

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