Why Should Educators Teach Good Sportsmanship to Kids?


We all know that children are impressionable and they look upon their teachers and parents for guidance and advice. So it becomes important to teach them the significance of good sportsmanship.

Good sportsmanship builds character, teamwork, and teaches discipline, respect, honor, kindness, resilience, perseverance, inclusion, and more. Good sportsmanship offers a plethora of benefits. When kids enjoy the active play, they perceive exercise and sports as a chance to make new friends and acquire new skills. Good sportsmanship motivates everyone to do their best, boosting confidence and showing the rewards of goal setting, hard work, and collaboration.

With this in mind, here are some tips to teaching sportsmanship to kids:

1 Decide what you value.

Try what exactly the meaning of sportsmanship is to you. As a sports teacher or parent, understand that your child’s lessons in the sporting arena will transfer into their larger worldview.

2 Talk with your child’s instructor or coach.

Ask your children’s instructor or coach if they have defined a formal code of conduct for the players, parents and themselves. You might also want to hold a team meeting with parents and coaches to discuss expectations around conduct.

3. Talk with your student.

When issues crop up in your child’s activities or sport, ask them how they feel about things. Lend your ears to your students’ problem. Let your child student explore their own thoughts and feelings about what is “right” and what is fair. Children tend to recognize injustices and poor behavior.

4 Compare and reflect

Examine your values with the codes of conduct, and gauge them with the reality of observed behavior – your child’s coach or instructor, your own, and the other parents.

5. Evaluate and improve

In the evening reflect on your behavior and talk to your child that day. Were you insulting opponents? Criticizing the coach? Being loud and obnoxious? Gossiping about players or other parents? Forgive yourself. But commit to getting better.

6. Walk the talk.

Make sure your words and actions are consistent with your stated values. Ensure that you are not just giving lip service to sportsmanship. Never forget, the kids are watching you and they are going to imitate you

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