Middle Tennessee earns national team ethics honor

Raiders pick-up NSCAA Team Ethics & Sportsmanship Bronze Award

January 8, 2014 · @MTAthletics

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The Middle Tennessee soccer team picked up the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) 2013 College Team Ethics & Sportsmanship Bronze Award as announced by the organization.

The NSCAA honors teams that exemplify excellence in sportsmanship. The criteria for the ethics award is based on the number of yellow and red cards distributed throughout the season. The Blue Raiders were handed just eight yellow cards throughout their 18-game season in 2013, earning the Bronze level honor of the Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award.

"It's great to be recognized for the integrity with which we play the game and the respect we've always shown our opponents and fans," said MT head coach Aston Rhoden. "I'm really proud of our team for receiving this award."

MT was joined on the Bronze honor list by fellow Conference USA member Louisiana Tech. Middle Tennessee and LA Tech were the only C-USA teams to receive the NSCAA Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award this season.

In all, 256 college teams received either the Gold, Silver or Bronze version of the College Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award, which recognizes teams that exhibit fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the laws of the game, as reflected by the number of yellow caution cards or red ejection cards they are shown by referees throughout the season.

The Gold Award winners had accumulated no cards during the season, while Silver Award winners were given no red cards and no more than five yellow cards. The Bronze Award went to 72 teams, which was presented to team that received no reds and a maximum of 10 yellows.

The award will be presented to the coaches at the 2014 NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia Jan. 15-19.

The complete NSCAA 2013 College Team Ethics & Sportsmanship award winners can be found here.

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