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Being a Good Sport

Good sportsmanship  is about playing by the rules, having discipline, respect, and self control. A good sport always has fun because they enjoy playing the game more than the final outcome. Sportsmanship is often known as the golden rule of sports.

 Ten things to teach your children about good sportsmanship.

Show respect to yourself by treating others the way you want to be treated.

Respect not only your teammates, but also your opponents.

Respect your coaches and the officials of the game.

Respect the rules of the game.

Always play fair

Accept the judgment calls of the coaches and the officials without argument.

Offer encouragement to teammates, especially when they make mistakes.

Forgive yourself when you make a mistake and get right back into the game.

Lose without pouting.

Win without gloating or rubbing it in.

Sportsmanship isn’t just reserved for the people playing the game. Fans, and parents also need to be aware of how they behave during competition. Sportsmanship is a style and an attitude, and it can have a positive influence on everyone around you.

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