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Winning should not be achieved at any cost.
Americans pride themselves in condoning dirty tricks and not playing by the rules. Those who violate these principles are not considered as a "good sport".
All athletes need to respect their opponents. It's not just about sportsmanship, but acquiring this attitude will actually help the skater perform better in practices, tests, and competitions.
According to the ultimate sports aphorism -
It’s not whether you win or lose,
it’s how you play the game.
Should sportsmanship be more important than winning, even at the Olympics?
There are thousands of articles that discuss the parallels between what happens in sports and what it takes to be successful in real life. The qualities of determination, skill, and hard work contribute to an athlete's chance of being successful in both areas.
There is a connection between an athlete's character on and off the field that determine an individuals sportsmanship that doesn't get the attention it deserves.
Good sportsmanship encompasses the athlete's character of which the most fundamental is respect of other athletes. A good sportsman respects both his/her teammates and his/her opponents as equals. As an individual athlete, he/she plays with integrity.
A win that is not achieved fairly holds no satisfaction for a true sportsman. To his/her core, he/she is honest in all dealings with opponents, because there is the expectation of treating opponents the way he/she wants to be treated. There is a desire for teammates to participate, enjoy the game, and share in any successes without pointing blame in a losing effort. The qualities that go in to making a good person are the same ones that contribute to being a great sportsman.
the behavior in sports has declined because society in general takes
winning in amateur and professional sports far too
seriously. There is a failure of spectators to understand that good
enhances the experience of both playing and watching sports. Fans can
really enjoy themselves at the
can feel encouraged by each others performance, and take satisfaction
in the fact that
the game was played fairly. Sometimes national pride, politics,
gambling on the results, and the different between economic gains from
winning and losing can produce ugly results.
Good Sportsmanship as a Player
Everyone starts as a beginner who is just starting to develop their skills. Yes, they might make some errors and cause the team to lose the game. Playing time provides the necessary experience to get better. By showboating they are left out and denied an opportunity to improve. This type of selfish behavior will breed resentment and divisiveness on your team. Have some patience and pass the puck to the rookie who has a shot to score a goal.
Also, throughout the game, make a conscious effort to give credit to an opposing player when they make a good play. A simple “nice job” or “good work” is all that is needed.
Never blame the officiating. If you are part of a team attempt to be positive by pointing out what went well. Leave constructive comments to be the providence of the coach or team captain. Never let a loss bring you down and put you in a funk for the rest of the day!
Remember, sometimes bad calls go your way, too.
Fans also need to demonstrate Good Sportsmanship
A recent study by the NCAA showed that while sportsmanship among players has improved over the years, sportsmanship by the fans has gotten worse. It’s pretty sad when the people who have the least invested in a sport stoop to inappropriate behavior just for the sake of rooting their team on. Here's a quick reminder of some things to keep in mind next time you're at the big game.
Resist the temptation to taunt and heckle the opposing team as it doesn't respect the game.
Be respectful to fans who are rooting for the opposing team. Their allegiance to a set of other athletes wearing different uniforms who are just like the athletes who are playing for the team you support. Don't give opposing fans dirty looks or hurl crass insults in their direction.
If you're feeling angry at the ref,
take a minute to get cool off and get some
perspective on the situation. You are not be able to see the
action up close and personal from the stands, but the official is out
there at eye level watching the
action that happens in the blink of an eye. It's not an easy job, and
if you think you can do a better job that get the raining to become an
Good sportsmanship is watching or coaching an young athlete play sportsRecommended Reading:
Sportsmanship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sportsmanship expresses an aspiration or ethos that the activity will be enjoyed for its own sake, with proper consideration for fairness, ethics, respect,
Sportsmanship for Parents
Sportsmanship is. EVERYONE'S. Responsibility! The Role of Parents and the role of good sportsmanship. • Be a positive behavior role model
One of the most important goals of kids' sports is helping children develop a sense of good sportsmanship. Here's how to set a good example for your kids.
Citizenship Through Sports Alliance
Organization promotes ethical conduct in athletics; features news, membership information, organizational tools, and contact information.
Sportsmanship - Definition and More from the Free ...
conduct (as fairness, respect for one's opponent, and graciousness in winning or losing) becoming to one participating in a sport ...
Teaching Good Sportsmanship - FamilyEducation.com
It's up to adults to teach kids that it's not whether you win or lose, but good sportsmanship is how you play the game.
It seems in our sports today, the concept of good sportsmanship has been lost. While winning at all costs and poor sportsmanship may be condoned and even ...
Created in 2005, the MDOC/WDOC Sideline Manager and Sportsmanship Card concepts have been designed to be preventative tools at youth games.
Good Sportsmanship at Family Guide
Positive role model, good sportsmanship. Family Guide: importance of good sportsmanship.
National Sportsmanship Day
NATIONAL SPORTSMANSHIP DAY TUESDAY MARCH 1, 2011 ... View Dan Doyle's National Sportsmanship Day op-ed piece, which appeared in the Providence Journal
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