In order to prepare your Pentathlete for a National Mathematics Pentathlon Academic Tournament, Coaches and Parents need to make all participants knowledgeable of the Pentathlete Code of Conduct (below) and review the Participation Guidelines and Game Highlight Sheets.
Good Sportsmanship and Character Development are top priorities of the Math Pentathlon Program. For each Division Level, the first Common Rule in our Highlights is the Pentathlete Code of Conduct which is stated below.
Pentathlete Code of Conduct
A Pentathlete is to treat adults and fellow Pentathletes with courtesy and respect and play by the rules that they know to be true. The Tournament Director will handle any infractions of this rule. Such infractions can result in loss of game (0 points) or be required to leave the Tournament Site.
We highly stress that you teach your students how to win and lose with dignity. During club/classroom use, we suggest that students shake hands both before and after each game as we do at every Math Pentathlon Tournament. While learning the games, highlight the importance of Teamwork. This spirit is seen so many times throughout Tournament Season when Pentathletes who did not receive medals, still enthusiastically applaud the efforts of their school team members that did. Once students can lose gracefully and win respectfully, they gain self-esteem as well as the virtues of patience, cooperation, and integrity. Practice positive use of our tournament challenge system with first, second, and third opinions to teach them how to be respectful with adults and one's peers, while at the same time learning how to stand up for oneself.