Battle of the Fans CIFSDS Winter Sportsmanship Challenge
Sportsmanship is an important part of the educational athletics, and student-cheering sections can be a key factor in creating a festive and positive high school event. This competition amongst the various member schools is intended to promote the positive side of athletics and engage the community and the student body in a show of support not only for their athletic teams but for their school as well.
Send the CIFSDS section office videos of your schools student section making noise on game night. We want to review videos that reflect enthusiasm and togetherness within cheering sections. From the student section we want to witness cheers that pump up the atmosphere without disrespecting all involved in the sporting event. We want to see a mixture of school spirit and positivity within student cheering squads.
Videos can be created by anyone student section leaders, members of the video production class, yearbook staff, student council, cheer or anyone else. Collaboration by some or all of these groups could greatly enhance the entry as well as promote teamwork from groups that normally would not interact with one another.
Five Simple Guidelines for a Great Student Section
1.FOCUS ON YOUR SCHOOL. Encourage and direct comments to your team only. Don’t target individuals on the opposing team. Be loud, and be your teams “6th Man”.
2.PROMOTE A POSITIVE ATMOSPHERE. Cheers should uplift the crowd and get everyone involved. Be aware that children and parents are there, too.
3.GET ORGANIZED. Select a group of leaders. Promote the togetherness of the entire student body. Organize theme nights. Develop your own original cheers.
4.HAVE FUN !!
5. #BOTFCIFSDS. Use the hashtag #BOTFCIFSDS throughout the winter when you have a great student section idea or when you see an act of great sportsmanship.
Photo: Orlando Ramirez / rammacphoto.com
Positive Sportsmanship Student Body participation School Spirit Originality of Cheers Organization of the group Student section leadership Overall impression / Fun
Video Content and Length
Videos should be between 90 seconds and 3 minutes long and each video should contain two components. First, you must include at least 30 seconds of a student (or students) explaining how your student section embodies the elements listed in the judging criteria and why your school should be named as the top student section in the CIFSDS section. Second you must include at least 60 seconds of your student section in action. Show us how loud, organized, positive, and original you can be. Don’t forget sportsmanship is a key component to having one of the top student groups in the CIFSDS section.
How to Enter
Upload your video to You Tube and then e-mail the link to BOTFcifsds@gmail.com. Videos must be submitted no later than Midnight on January 29, 2017. The CIFSDS section will create a You Tube playlist highlighting all of the videos.
After all videos have been posted ( January 29) the CIFSDS section will choose the Top five finalists. At least one Division 4 or 5 schools will be included in the Finalist Group.
A member of the CIFSDS section and their appointed representatives will visit all Finalists on a home game night. We’ll shoot and edit our own video to document our experience at your school. We will also meet with the school’s student leaders and write stories about our experiences. The videos and stories can be found on the CIFSDS website and be posted to Facebook for other students to see.
Determining a Winner
The CIFSDS section and their representatives will determine a winner based on the judging criteria listed above. It will also conduct a vote using a Facebook poll to help in its decision-making. CIFSDS section members will not use the actual number of votes on Facebook, rather it will use the number of votes in comparison to the size of the school: 500 votes from a school with 1,000 students is better than 500 votes from a school with 2,000 students
BOTF II Champion
The winner will be announced February 21, 2017 and will be invited to the section final on March 4, 2017 to be recognized and receive a championship banner.
January 29, 2017 midnight- Video submission deadline January 31 to February 17 – CIFSDS visit sites February 21- Announce BOTF III Winner March 4- Winning school recognized at Boys Open Finals At Jenny Craig Arena on campus of USD
Even if you don’t think you can win or if you have only a few seconds of video, we would love to see your student section in action!! We want everyone to have fun with this contest and promote a positive environment for our fans, student athletes, and official’s that will contribute to a fun and positive experience.