10 Ways to Be a Good Sport
1) Be polite to everyone you're playing with and against. No trash talk -- which means saying mean things while you're in the middle of a game.
2) Don't show off. Just play your best. If you're good, people will notice.
3) Tell your opponents "good game" whether you've won or you've lost.
4) Learn the rules of the game. Show up for practices and games on time -- even if you're the star of the team.
5) Listen to your coaches and follow their directions about playing.
6) Don't argue with an official if you don't agree with his or her call. If you don't understand a certain call, wait until after the game to ask your coach or the official to explain it to you.
7) Don't make up excuses or blame a teammate when you lose. Try to learn from what happened.
8) Be willing to sit out so other team members can get in the game -- even if you think you're a better player.
9) Play fair and don't cheat.
10) Cheer for your teammates even if the score is 1,000 to 1! You could inspire a big comeback!
Sportmanship Checklist for Kids
_ I abide by the rules of the game.
_ I try to avoid arguments.
_ I share in the responsibilities of the team.
_ I give everyone a chance to play according to the rules.
_ I always play fair.
_ I follow the directions of the coach.
_ I respect the other team's effort.
_ I offer encouragement to my teammates.
_ I accept the judgement calls of the game.
_ I end the game smoothly.
Sportsmanship is the ability to:
- Win without gloating (don't rub it in)
- Lose without complaining (don't make excuses)
- Treat your opponent, and the officials, with respect
- If you make a mistake don't pout or make excuses. Learn from it, and be ready to continue to play.
- If a teammate makes a mistake, encourage, don't criticize.