Sportsmanship on the field of competition in today’s world of sports has wobbled in its resilience. Good sportsmen are found but not as often as days of old. Sportsmanship is a responsibility for not only coaches and players but for parents and fans of the games. The younger an age group in sports the closer the parents are to the sideline and the game. Their sportsmanship can sometimes have a direct effect on their children’s and the team as a whole. Here are some tips to follow as a spectator of your children’s sporting events in order to set the correct example.
Appreciate the other team when they do well. Do not root for them but give credit where credit is due, an amazing play for example.
Do not criticize your child’s teammates. Everyone is prone to make mistakes, even your child. You would not want another parent being too harsh on your son or daughter.
If the referee makes a bad call, no matter how bad, stay quiet. He is human too and makes mistakes. Take a bad call as a teaching point for your child showing him or her how to respond from adversity. The best way to deal with a bad call is to make a great play next time.