Losing is hard, especially when you tried your best to win. Whether it’s chess or soccer, hockey, or a dance competition, we can’t win all the time. But being a good sport makes taking part more fun! Here are some ways to become a better sport, no matter what the event.
Good sportsmanship is about respect, self-control, and playing by the rules. Good sports play because they love the game. They don’t focus on the final score. They enjoy practicing their skills and spending time with their teammates.
When playing any sport or game, remember the golden rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated. So, if you win, don’t boast or pick on the other team. When you lose, try to lose gracefully. Congratulate the other team on their victory.
Here are five other tips for being a good sport:
1. Offer encouragement to your teammates, even when they make mistakes.
2. Lose without moping or pouting.
3. Win without bragging or rubbing it in.
4. Always play fair.
5. Don’t blame others for losing the game.
Being a good sport means respecting yourself, your teammates, your coaches, the referees, and the other team. Being respectful makes for better teamwork. And you’ll have more fun during the game, too.
Beyond the game
Life is a lot like a sporting event. It can be tough and sometimes the outcome may not seem fair or right. Good sportsmanship teaches us to focus on the good things, like having fun with your friends. That’s a good habit to get into, on and off the court.