Independent School League

The Governor’s Academy is a charter member of the Independent School League (ISL), the oldest Independent School athletic association in the United States and arguably one of the most competitive leagues in the nation.

The League is comprised of 16 private schools in New England, including: Belmont Hill, Brooks, Buckingham, Brown & Nichols, The Governor’s Academy, Groton, Lawrence Academy, Middlesex, Milton Academy, Noble & Greenough, Rivers, Roxbury Latin, St. George’s, St. Mark’s, St. Sebastian’s, Tabor Academy, and Thayer. Founded in 1948, the league’s members compete in 18 sports as a part of the larger New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC).

The Governor’s Academy has won numerous ISL and NEPSAC titles in recent years, including championship crowns in football, field hockey, girls cross country, softball, boys lacrosse, boys basketball and girls ice hockey.

The school is proud of the behavior and the high level of sportsmanship displayed by its players, coaches and fans. The Governor’s Academy supports fully the league's "Sportsmanship Creed," adopted in the spring of 1994.

Independent School League Sportsmanship Creed
The ISL is proud of the behavior and sportsmanship displayed by its players, coaches, and fans. We value spirited and fair play as well as positive support for our players and teams. In order to ensure that our expected level of decorum continues each season and each game, we ask that all members of the ISL community continually renew their efforts to abide by the ideals of our league.

Athletic competition in the ISL is guided by the following ideals:

Players shall at all times represent themselves and their school with honor, proper conduct, and good sportsmanship. They shall understand that competitive rivalries are encouraged but that disrespect for opponents is unsportsmanlike and lessens the value of the rivalries. They shall confine the competitiveness of the game to the field, and in particular behave properly on the sidelines and in the locker rooms both before and after games.

The Players and Coaches
Players and Coaches shall comply fully with the rulings of the officials. In no way, either by voice, action, or gesture, shall they demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the decisions made. Players must never forget that they represent their school.

The Spectators
ISL schools will not tolerate at their athletic contests any spectator, either student or adult, whose behavior is disrespectful towards players, officials, coaches, or other spectators. Nor will ISL schools permit any type of spectator behavior that either detracts from the proper conduct of the game or disadvantages a player or team.

Examples of Unacceptable Behavior
Some examples of unacceptable behavior during competition under guidelines of the ISL Heads' and Athletic Directors' Committee:

  • Use of profanity or displays of anger that draw attention away from the game.
  • Booing or heckling an official's decisions, criticizing officials in any way, or displaying temper with an official's call.
  • Trash talk or yells that antagonize opponents.
  • Verbal abuse or intimidation tactics.
  • Disrespectful or derogatory yells, chants, songs, gestures, signs, posters, or banners.
  • Any distracting activity such as yelling, waving arms, or feet stomping during an opponent's free throw attempts.
  • Use of artificial noisemakers of any kind. (Legitimate pep-bands, however, are encouraged.)

These guidelines apply equally to players, coaches or fans. The ISL asks officials to apply these guidelines strictly, especially with regard to players and coaches.

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