Rick Wulkow, executive director Iowa High School Athletic Association, sent the following letter to the Centerville Community School District on Aug. 15 regarding 2012-2013 IHSAA member schools with no ejections during the last school year.
“It is with great pride that I can send this letter to your school regarding coach and athlete conduct during the 2012-2013 school year.
“You are one of 185 schools, which calculates to 49 percent of the IHSAA membership, who had no athletes or coaches ejected during the 2012-2013 school year.
“So many times we dwell on the negative but this is an opportunity for me to convey to you from the Iowa High School Athletic Association that you should take pride in notifying your coaches and your athletes how proud you are of their overall conduct during the 2012-2013 school year.
“We continue to see better conduct from our coaches and our athletes every year. I wish I could say the same for our spectator conduct. I realize many times an ejection deals with an emotional outburst and the individual involved is very sorry for what has occurred, but to go through an entire year and not have one flagrant, unsportsmanlike act during any of your competitions, is certainly something to be proud of.
“I am proud because I get to send this letter to 49 percent of our membership, congratulating them on a great year as it relates to conduct and sportsmanship. With the start of the 2013-2014 school year eminent, hopefully you can use this as a springboard to another great year.
“Keep up the good work. Keep the emphasis where we need to have it as it relates to our students and coaches representing our school, our community and patrons. We do appreciate your leadership.
“On the field, on the court, on the mat and in the stands - - - CONDUCT COUNTS!!”