Teaching Children Good Sportsmanship
I grew up in a small town and like most small towns, sports was a large part of how the community came together. I started playing basketball in 1st grade and continued up through high school. AND because our school was so small, I played just about every other sport that was offered. I wasn’t the most talented athlete and it didn’t always come natural for me…so I had to work hard.
Having grown up playing sports, I understand the importance of being on a team, know how it feels to lose and feeling a sense of accomplishment from a hard season finally ending…Which is why I feel so strongly about my girls playing some type of sport. I am, by no means, an expert on the subject!
I think it’s great for kids to learn how to play with determination and win or lose with grace! Here are a few good rules for teaching kids about sportsmanship:
- Play by the rules
- Practice hard EVERYDAY
- Always play fair
- Accept official rulings
- Encourage teammates
- Listen to your coach
- Learn from mistakes
- Be a team player
- Don’t make excuses
- No “trash” talking
- Stay positive
- Avoid arguments
- Always be modest
- Respect your opponents
- Don’t be too hard on yourself
- Follow directions
- Be on time
- Lose with dignity
- WIN WITH CLASS
10 Best Sportsmanships Quotes to Share With Kids
A lot of young players don’t really know much about the history of the game and a lot of them are missing out on what the game is all about, especially the whole concept of sportsmanship and teamwork. – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
I think sportsmanship is knowing that it is a game, that we are only as a good as our opponents, and whether you win or lose, to always give 100 percent. – Sue Wicks
I would advise all youths aspiring to athletic fame or a professional career to practice clean living, fair play and good sportsmanship. – Major Taylor
One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it. – Knute Rockne
Sportsmanship is the ethical and moral dimension of sports. It is demonstrated by a number of attributes and attitudes such as fair play, respect for the rules and traditions of the sport and various traits of good character including integrity (abiding by the letter and spirit of the rules and concepts of honor); demonstrated respect for others including teammates, opponents, officials and spectators; accountability, self-control, and graciousness in victory and defeat.
The most important lesson I’ve learned from sports is how to be not only a gracious winner, but a good loser as well. Not everyone wins all the time, as a matter of fact, no one wins all the time. Winning is the easy part, losing is really tough. But, you learn more from one loss than you do from a million wins. You learn a lot about sportsmanship.
Amy Van Dyken
Good sportsmanship goes beyond the game; it starts with respect.
If character is what you do when no one is watching, then sportsmanship is that conduct with everybody watching.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
If you win through bad sportsmanship that’s no real victory.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Sportsmanships Posters for Children
Sports often play a large role in how our kids develop and socialize. It’s important to remember that how we model (attitude, language and how we respect others) all plays into how our kiddos react in certain circumstances. Kids who have a positive attitude normally have a lot more fun and build a lifelong love for the game! Win or lose they should know that having fun is just as important. The goal for kids playing on a team should be to work towards a common goal, build camaraderie and learn how to show grace to others and themselves.
The true test of a good sport comes after their first loss. Encourage kids to be conscious of their behavior on and off the field!!