Discussion Material for the Physical Recreation Activity Badge
Good Sporting Attitude
If you're into sports, you've seen it happen. You've probably even experienced it: Football players shaking hands after four quarters of knocking each other around. Tennis players leaping over the net to shake hands with their opponents after a hard-fought match. Soccer players exchanging jerseys after an intense 90 minutes. Even boxers touching gloves at the beginning of each round, then hugging each other after beating each other into a pulp for 12 rounds.
What Is Good Sporting Attitude?
Sportsmanship is defined as:
• playing fair
• following the rules of the game
• respecting the judgement of referees and officials
• treating opponents with respect
Some people define good sportsmanship as the "golden rule" of sports — in other words, treating the people you play with and against as you'd like to be treated yourself. You demonstrate good sportsmanship when you show respect for yourself, your teammates, and your opponents, for the coaches on both sides, and for the referees, judges, and other officials.
What are Examples of GOOD Sporting Attitude?
What are Examples of BAD Sporting Attitude?
Putting it into Practice
Here are some examples of things you can do:
• Know the rules, play by the rules. Show up for practice, work hard, and realise 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, the officials presiding over the game, and even spectators (who can sometimes be loud about their opinions).
• Don’t lose your temper. Remind yourself that no matter how hard you've practised and played, it is, after all, just a game.
• Don’t behaviour in a threatening way to others. If you're in a difficult situation or someone's threatening you, seek help immediately from your coach or from an official.
• 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.