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Guide to Promoting Good Sportsmanship On The Playground

Active play and participation in sports can provide excellent opportunities for children. Not only do youngsters need this exercise for healthy physical development, they also need it to help them learn important social skills such as sportsmanship. Organized team sports are one way for children to learn about sportsmanship. Kids can also learn about fair play just by running and jumping on playground equipment with other children.

Definition of Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship involves several important rules of conduct. People exemplify sportsmanship and sportsmanlike behavior when they play fairly and follow the rules of the game. Sportsmanship also involves inherent respect for other people. Players must show this respect for other players on their own team as well as opponents. It's also important to show respect to all coaches, referees, and game officials. In essence, good sports treat others the way they wish to be treated, both on and off the playing field.

Overview of Healthy Competition

Competition can be challenging for anyone, but children may be especially prone to competition struggles. Playing a sports game involves winning and losing, but every participant can finish the match positively with the right attitude. Rather than focus on winning at any cost, coaches and parents should teach kids to have fun and follow safety rules. With a focus on athletic and social skills, kids can learn how to solve problems, work well with other teammates, and take part in positive, healthy competition in their sporting experiences.

Written by: Ben Thompson