YU Captures Sportsmanship Award

Maccabees Win Skyline Sportsmanship Trophy for Third Time in Five-Year History of Award

Yeshiva University has captured the Skyline Conference’s Sportsmanship Trophy for displaying outstanding team sportsmanship during the 2011-12 academic year.

Yeshiva University has won the Sportsmanship Trophy for the third time in five years.

The Skyline Conference instituted the Sportsmanship Trophy in 2007-08 to gauge team sportsmanship among its member schools. The Maccabees compiled 531 points out of a possible 710 points (9 sports), for an overall rating of .748.

“This award is so important because it shows that our student-athletes know how to represent themselves, the University and the Jewish People in a fiercely competitive yet fair, honest and respectful manner,” said Joe Bednarsh, director of athletics, physical education and recreation. “This is the most valued award for our department. We place it above all-star honors.”

Yeshiva earned Team Sportsmanship Awards in four of the nine sports in which they participated: men’s soccer, men’s basketball, men’s volleyball and baseball. A school earns points toward the Sportsmanship Trophy based upon a 10-point scale in each sport. Points are given on a 1-10 scale by coaches in each sport, with 10 being considered “outstanding sportsmanship.” All points are added up at the end of the year and divided by the total number of possible points to determine which school has the highest percentage.

This is Yeshiva’s third time winning the award, having previously won it in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. The Maccabees’ rating of .748 ties Yeshiva’s inaugural season rating as the highest amongst the winners of the trophy.

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