So what does it take to demonstrate good sportsmanship in real-life situations? Here are some examples of things you can do:
Learn as much as you can about your sport.
Play by its rules.
Show up for practice, work hard, and realize that on a team, everyone deserves a chance to play.
Talk politely and act courteously toward everyone before, during, and after games and events. That includes your teammates, your opponents, your coaches and their coaches and even spectators (who can sometimes be loud about their opinions).
Stay cool. Even if others are losing their tempers, it doesn't mean you have to.
Remind yourself that no matter how hard you've practiced and played, it is, after all, just a game.
Cheer your teammates on with positive statements and avoid trash-talking the other team.
Acknowledge and applaud good plays, even when someone on the other team makes them.
When officials make a call, accept it gracefully even if it goes against you. Remember that referees may not be right every time but they're people who are doing their best, just as you are.
Whether you win or lose, congratulate your opponents on a game well played.