Honor can have many meanings. In 1775, Dr. Samuel Johnson, an early dictionarian of the English language defined honor as "nobility of soul, magnanimity, and a scorn of meanness." While every cadet at West Point lives under rules of the Cadet Honor Code, which states that "A Cadet may not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do", it is certainly possible to play a game without honor while not violating the letter of the Honor Code. It is the spirit of the Honor Code that we specifically will strive for as part of our core values.

The ideal of honorable play is often difficult to define in words. Its a sort of "you can't really define it but you can tell it when you see it" quality. Conversely, you can definitely tell when someone plays dishonorably. Trash talking, taunting, showing up an opponent, failure to offer a hand to help up a fallen opponent. These are symptoms of a poor attitude of dishonorable play that we will not tolerate on our team.

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Sara Tucholsky carried around the base paths by the opposing team after hitting a home run and injuring her knee. If her own team had touched her, she would have been called out. This was the epitome of honorable conduct by her opponents.South Africa's Fourie du Preez helping up England's Mark Cueto at the conclusion of a 15-6 victory by South Africa. Treating your opponent with dignity and respect is the essence of honorable conduct.Zinadine Zidane's infamous headbutt. A monumental lapse in judgment or display of his character? In the heat of battle, you cannot let your emotions control your actions. You must act rationally and use reason, even when you are upset.Chuck Bednarik's famous image standing over Frank Gifford. Intensity or taunting? Controlled aggression is a key value for an army officer. You have to master control of our own emotions so you can command your unit's.

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