What Is Good Sportsmanship?

    Good sportsmanship is when people who are playing or watching a sport treat each other with respect. This includes players, parents, coaches, and officials.

    How Can I Be a Good Sport?

    There are lots of ways you can be a good sport. You can:

    • Have a positive attitude.
    • Give your best effort.
    • Shake hands with the other team before and after the game.
    • Support teammates by saying "good shot" or "good try." Never criticize a teammate for trying.
    • Accept calls and don't argue with officials.
    • Treat the other team with respect and never tease or bully.
    • Follow the rules of the game.
    • Help another player up who has fallen.
    • Take pride in winning but don't rub it in.
    • Accept a loss without whining or making excuses.

    By being a good sport, you learn respect for others and self-control. These skills can help you manage many other parts of your life. They're also key to becoming a mature, respectful, and successful adult.

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