Earlier this month the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association announced the 2017-2018 Dale Farmer State Champions in Sportsmanship.

Each year, in the DIAA competition in sportsmanship, schools in the state are graded on ten standards, including the school’s commitment to community and education.

The award honors Dale Farmer, the first executive director of the Delaware Secondary Schools Athletic Association. Farmer was honored with the DIAA Lifetime Achievement Award back in 2016.

Overall, 17 schools were named state champions in sportsmanship for 2017-2018. So far, 34 schools have received the award at least once in its 22 year history.

“These schools truly embrace the philosophy of education-based athletics and demonstrate exemplary sportsmanship by their behavior and actions,” said DIAA Sportsmanship Committee chair Heath Chasanov in a press release. “We commend the sportsmanship committee of these schools that are constantly promoting the value of sportsmanship and supporting the mission of DIAA.”

Sussex Tech High School was one of the 17 honored X. The Ravens have now been named 12 times overall.

Three more Henlopen Conference schools were named. Caesar Rodney High School and Lake Forest High School have now won for the eighth time, with Woodbridge High School winning for the seventh time.

Other member schools receiving the award were: Brandywine High School, Caravel Academy, Charter School of Wilmington, Concord High School, Conrad School of Science, Middletown High School, McKean High School, Mt. Pleasant High School, Newark Charter, Sanford School, Tatnall School, William Penn High School and Springer Middle School.

Schools are judged on more than handshakes after each game. Each school must provide a detailed report at the end of the school year which is reviewed by the DIAA.

Each must provide a written board of education policy on sportsmanship, have a committee which plans and coordinates a sportsmanship program, hold annual coach evaluations, create a campaign which promotes sportsmanship and have procedures to investigate and resolve sportsmanship complaints.