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Good Sportsmanship Tips
A Good Coach
Here's What to Do
- Maintain self-control at all times.
- Show respect for the coaches, officials, and opposing team members.
- Don't react to the win or loss alone. When your child comes home from a game ask: How did you play? Did you have fun? How did the team play? What did you do well? What could you do better next time?
- Acknowledge superior skills in other players without comparing your child's skills to their skills.
- Define success as trying your hardest.
- Understand and appreciate the rules of the game.
- Be sure your child accepts responsibility for errors and thinks about how he or she could avoid repeating the errors.
- Remember that the officials are doing the best they can, and miscalls will happen.
- Discuss what you see when watching sporting events on TV. Point out good behaviors and analyze poor behavior and how the situation could be handled in another manner.
- Tell your child, "Regardless of how you play today, that doesn't change my love and respect for you as my daughter or as an athlete."
- Remember that the true purpose of organized sports is fun, fun, fun!
American Psychological Association http://www.apa.org
Mental Health America http://www.nmha.org
Canadian Mental Health Organization http://www.cmha.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
10 tips for raising a good sport. PBS parents website. Available at: http://www.pbs.org/parents/food-and-fitness/sport-and-fitness/raise-a-good-sport. Accessed January 9, 2014.
Sportsmanship. Nemours Kids Health website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/behavior/sportsmanship.html. Updated October 2011. Accessed January 9, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 01/2014
- Update Date: 01/09/2014