The 2016 Iowa Mennonite Soccer team received the Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Silver Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for their play this past season. The NSCAA created the award to encourage sportsmanship and fair play in the game of soccer. To qualify for the Ethics and Sportsmanship Awards a team can not receive any red cards during the season. Four different levels are recognized, Platinum -no cards; Gold (percentage of yellow cards 1-10%); Silver Award (percentage of yellow cards 11% – 30%) and Bronze (percentage of yellow cards 31%-50%).
Head Coach, Marcus Miller said, “Sportsmanship is an aspect of the game we always encourage and promote so for the team to be recognized in this way is rewarding. Of the three yellow cards received, all were for aggressive play which is something I can live with. Getting a yellow for dissent, foul language or taunting is disappointing and reflects poorly on the team and school.”
The IMS team had received no red cards and just three yellow cards for a 17.6%, qualifying them for the award. Of the thirty-four teams receiving the Platinum through Silver Awards only five were boys teams.