May 22, 2008 — Yeshiva University has been selected to receive the inaugural Skyline Conference Sportsmanship Trophy after displaying outstanding team sportsmanship during the 2007-08 academic year. The conference instituted the trophy to gauge team sportsmanship among its member schools.
“Of the many honors and awards our athletic programs and student-athletes received during the 2007-08 year, this is the one I am most proud of,” said Yeshiva University Director of Athletics Joe Bednarsh. “Earning the Sportsmanship Trophy is a reflection of the commitment of our athletics staff, coaches, and student-athletes to the Division III philosophy that intercollegiate athletics are a vital component of the student experience, and an enhancement of the academic pursuits of those involved in athletics. This award makes it clear that our athletics community has embraced our philosophy, and that – win or lose – we compete with the right ideals in mind. I commend everybody involved with Yeshiva University Athletics for a job well done, and it is my hope that we achieve this honor every year.”
A school earns points toward the trophy based upon a 10-point scale in each sport. Opposing coaches rate each team on a scale of one to 10, with a one considered poor sportsmanship and a 10 considered outstanding sportsmanship. A school’s scores in each sport are then added together and divided by the total number of points that could possibly be earned.
Yeshiva University compiled 59.82 points out of a possible 80 (eight sports), for an overall rating of .748. St. Joseph’s, which also captured the Skyline Conference Presidents Cup for overall sports excellence, finished second with a rating of .679. Mount Saint Mary was third with a rating of .662.
A Team Sportsmanship Award is presented in each sport. Yeshiva earned Team Sportsmanship Awards in women’s tennis, men’s basketball and baseball. Yeshiva’s composite score of 8.78 in men’s basketball was the second-highest score for any team in any sport during the 2007-08 academic year.