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Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

Helen DeVos Children's Hospital
100 Michigan Street NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
616.391.9000


Sportsmanship

What Is Good Sportsmanship?

Good sportsmanship is when people who are playing or watching a sport treat each other with respect. This includes players, parents, coaches, and officials.

How Can I Be a Good Sport?

There are lots of ways you can be a good sport. You can:

  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Give your best effort.
  • Shake hands with the other team before and after the game.
  • Support teammates by saying "good shot" or "good try." Never criticize a teammate for trying.
  • Accept calls and don't argue with officials.
  • Treat the other team with respect and never tease or bully.
  • Follow the rules of the game.
  • Help another player up who has fallen.
  • Take pride in winning but don't rub it in.
  • Accept a loss without whining or making excuses.

By being a good sport, you learn respect for others and self-control. These skills can help you manage many other parts of your life. They're also key to becoming a mature, respectful, and successful adult.

Date reviewed: February 2019