History: At the time of the first sporting events, during the Olympics of ancient Greece, athletes were expected to demonstrate their sportsmanship, among other things, by honorably recognizing the superiority of an opponent in defeat. Later, in the Middle Ages knights' tournaments were governed by a code based on the loyalty and honesty of the participants. Closer to home, in the last century, England favored a sporting practice based on gentlemanhood and fair play, that is, respect for written and unwritten rules. The Frenchman, Pierre De Coubertin, father of the modern Olympic Games, was keen to associate honor, loyalty, respect for others and himself with the Olympism. A series of attitudes usually associated with sportsmanship.

Sportsmanship is a difficult concept to grasp. We recognize certain dimensions: loyalty, honesty, acceptance of rules, respect for others and of oneself, equal opportunities ... All elements associated with the idea of sportsmanship.

Sportsmanship manifests itself in:

  1. Concern for the rules;
  2. Respect for the official and acceptance of decisions;
  3. Respect for the adversary;
  4. Concern for fairness;
  5. The maintenance of our dignity.

Practicing Good Sportsmanship:

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.

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