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NCAA Sportsmanship Awards

The NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct is seeking nominations for the NCAA Student-Athlete Sportsmanship Awards and the Bob Frederick Sportsmanship Award, which recognize student-athletes and coaches who have demonstrated the highest levels of integrity and sportsmanship.

Only individuals currently employed by active NCAA members or affiliated organizations may nominate.

NCAA Student-Athlete Sportsmanship Awards

The Student-Athlete Sportsmanship Awards recognize student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior.

Nomination criteria:

  • Nominee(s) act positively affected a community's sports culture and game environment.
  • Nominee(s) act clearly demonstrates sportsmanship. The CSEC defines a sportsmanship act as behavior exhibited during competition by student-athletes based on values, respect and integrity.
  • Nominee(s) displayed act(s) of integrity that go beyond the sport's playing rules and etiquette.
  • Nominee(s) made decisions that while difficult or unpopular, are respectful of the game/opponent.
  • Nominee(s) put others' needs ahead of his or her own.
  • Nominee(s) must be a member of an NCAA athletics team during the 2018-19 academic year.
  • Multiple individuals may be considered if involved in the same act.

Bob Frederick Sportsmanship Award

The Bob Frederick Sportsmanship Award recognizes a coach, administrator or staff member (past or present) who possesses a demonstrated history of sportsmanship. This individual will have displayed the utmost respect for college sports and all who participate by leading by example and promoting positive fan involvement in and out of the competition setting. Just as Bob Frederick was, the recipient of this award will be known by his or her dedication to preserving the integrity of college sports.

Nomination criteria:

  • Nominees must have demonstrated a history of sportsmanship by:
    • Consistently respecting competitions, student-athletes, coaches and officials.
    • Encouraging student-athletes to demonstrate good sportsmanship and ethical conduct in and out of competition.
    • Acting with integrity and respect for others across all endeavors.
  • Nominees must be currently employed or previously employed by an active NCAA member school, conference, or affiliated organization.
  • Additional consideration will be given to nominees who have consistently influenced others, including fans, to demonstrate the above listed criteria.
  • The Frederick Award will honor only one coach, administrator or staff member per year. Different from the NCAA Student-Athlete Sportsmanship Award, the award is not gender- or division-specific.

How do I submit a nomination?

Nominations must be submitted directly from schools to the NCAA through Program Hub. Institutions are asked to notify their conference of nominations they have submitted. The deadline for nominations for both awards is Friday, July 12, 2019.


Ben Brownlee

NCAA Program Hub