Introduction

  • Good sportsmanship is a core trait of the Morse Code (Take Care of Self, Others, and School).  Good sportsmanship should be displayed at all times.  The following rules must be followed:

    • Know and follow the school rules. 
    • Be respectful of all recess staff.
    • Play to the best of your ability and treat peers with respect.
    • Be a good team player.  A good team player is able to lead, follow and include all students who want to participate in an activity.
    • Be courteous and gracious whether you win or lose.
    • Use A.C.T. and W.I.S.E. (Michigan Model anti-bullying curriculum) in situations where you are disagreeing with another student.  Find an adult to help you. 
    • Be careful how you move around at recess.
    • No tackling, shoves, or other physical activity.
    • Do not grab or pull other students’ clothing
    • Stay within the defined recess area.
    • No eating or gum chewing allowed.
    • Check out with an adult before going to the bathroom.
  • 1.    Four-Square

    • Squares are numbered 1, 2, 3, & 4.
    • Serve always starts from square 1.
    • Play continues until one player fails to return the ball or commits a fault.
    • No catching or carrying the ball.
    • If there are more than (4) players, students should wait in line until their turn. All students wishing to play must be included.
    • Play is based on an honor system. Involve a staff member as needed.
    • Players not following the rules will be removed from the game.

    2.    Soccer

    • Captains need to rotate. No student can be captain twice in the same week.
    • If students are unable to manage the selection of teams, a staff member will assist.
    • No switching teams, tackling, tripping, grabbing, pushing or shoving.
    • No hanging on the soccer nets.
    • If a ball leaves the field of play, it is out-of-bounds at the point of exit and will be thrown in by the other team.
    • If hands are used, possession switches to the other team.
    • Each team must field a goalie.
    • Drop kicking is only allowed by a goalie.
    • Play is based on an honor system. Involve a staff member as needed.
    • Players not following the rules will be removed from the game.

    3.    Touch Football

    • Football is played on the grass field only.
    • Teams should be equal and inclusive of all students wishing to play. No more than 5 on 5.  If there are too many students, split into two groups and play (2) separate games.   If time permits, the teams can switch for a second game.
    • No tackling, grabbing, or pulling of others or their clothing.
    • Two-hand touch only.
    • Play is based on an honor system. Involve a staff member as needed.
    • Players not following the rules will be removed from the game.

    4.    Basketball

    • Games can be full or half court.
    • Teams should be equal and inclusive of all students wishing to play.
    • If there are too many students, split into two groups and play (2) half court games.
    • No grabbing, tripping, or wrestling for the ball.
    • Possession is based on an honor system, if it goes out of bounds, a foul committed, or any other rule violation, it is expected that students use the honor system.
    • Involve a staff member as needed.
    • Players not following the rules will be removed from the game.

    5.    Playground

    • Students will not stand on the round rotating toy.
    • Students will not ride in the baby swings.
    • Jumping from the big toy more than two rows up is prohibited.

    6.    Kickball

    • Follow slow pitch rules.
    • Teams should be equal and inclusive of all students wishing to play.
    • Maintain batting order; start where the inning left off.
    • Teams should switch at four runs or three outs, whichever comes first.
    • No strikes, bunting, stealing, or leading.
    • Ties always go to the runner.
    • Runners must touch all bases.
    • Pitcher plays entire inning, pitchers should change at the begging of each inning.
    • Play is based on an honor system. Involve a staff member as needed.
    • Players not following the rules will be removed from the game.

    7.    Tag

    • Tag is played on the grass field only and is at the discretion of the on-duty staff.
    • Teams should be equal and inclusive of all students wishing to play. No more than 5 on 5. If there are too many students, split into two groups and play (2) separate games.
    • No tackling, pushing, grabbing, or pulling of others or their clothing.
    • Play is based on an honor system. Involve a staff member as needed.
    • Players not following the rules will be removed from the game.

    8.    Walking

    • Students are encouraged to stay active. If a student wishes to walk during recess that is acceptable.  They must stay within the fence and should find a walking partner if able.

    Additional games may be added during recess at the approval of an administrator.