Spectator Policy


The host institution must designate an individual responsible to oversee the conduct of the event that is capable of handling a problem, regardless of which teams are competing at the time the problem occurs. Specifically, if the host designates the institution’s coach as its representative, the coach must be prepared to handle problems that occur when his/her team is competing, or designate someone capable during these instances.


The host is responsible for seating the spectators in such a fashion so as not to interfere with either team’s ability to participate in the contest. Dependent upon the facility, this may require team benches to be placed in areas that contradict the rulebook’s requirement. In such cases, the coaches and head official should be informed of the decision in advance. Any revision in seating must ensure that both coaches are able to see the scoring and timing displays without difficulty.

Locker rooms

The host is responsible for providing adequate changing areas for teams and officials. No deck changing at any time should be permitted. It is the host’s responsibility along with the coaches and officials to enforce this policy.


Prior to every game, the host institution will read the NCAA statement on sportsmanship. If the host institution chooses not to use a Public Address System for the event, a written copy of this statement must be provided to spectators upon entry.


The host institution is responsible for enforcing any departures from the conduct outlined in the NCAA Sportsmanship Statement as it pertains to the spectators. The host must have an approved plan to handle incidents requiring the removal of a spectator or participant should the need arise. This plan should be proactive, ensuring that incidents do not escalate to the point where the flow of the competition is interrupted. CWPA staff have the right to eject any individual to retain decorum and management of a contest.

Interface with Officials

During the course of the game, the officials are responsible for enforcing all departures from the rules, the code of conduct, and the NCAA Sportsmanship statement with regards to the players and coaches. The officials also have jurisdiction over the conduct of the spectators, if in their judgment, that conduct is interfering with their ability to officiate. In the rare instance the officials would require assistance to remove an athlete, coach, or spectator, the host is obliged to assist. Once the referees request such assistance, it then becomes the host’s responsibility to handle the situation before the competition continues.

NCAA Sportsmanship Statement

The CWPA and the NCAA promote good sportsmanship by student-athletes, coaches, and spectators. We request your cooperation by supporting the participants and officials in a positive manner. Profanity, racial or sexist comments, or other intimidating actions directed at the officials, student-athletes, coaches, or team representatives will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal from the site of competition. Also, consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products is prohibited.

Collegiate Water Polo Association