11 Ways to Be a Good Sport

The Super Bowl is this Sunday, and we couldn’t be more excited to watch the Seahawks and the Broncos take on one another for the big win. As the players compete their hardest for the Super Bowl title, we are reminded of how important healthy competition can be. This game will be life-changing for either team and losing would be a huge disappointment. However, despite what the players feel on the field, how they act and respond to referee calls, taunts, and their own mistakes is a major test of their character. There are many ways to demonstrate good sportsmanship on the field. The outcome of a game is a moment in time, but the way people conduct themselves in situations of winning or losing is very telling for who they will be for the rest of their lives.

Whether you watch sports or not, there are many lessons to be learned from how the competitors on the field and court act. Here are 11 ways to be a good sport:

1. Remember that losing can have positive outcomes. When you fail, you can learn from your mistakes and have something to work on to be better and stronger next time.

2. Failure is temporary. You can improve your skills, move on from that moment of losing, and think positively about how you can work towards permanent success.

3. Treat others the way you want to be treated. If you don’t want to be called names and prefer to be treated with respect during the game, treat others with the same mindset and values.

4. Don’t gloat. If you win, that will be obvious for everyone involved based on the final score. Be proud, but don’t rub it in other people’s faces.

5. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. 

6. Don’t swear or make others feel bad. Dirty words and trash talking on the field is a no-no. Use words that won’t hurt others.

7. Play fair and follow the rules of the game. Rules are implemented so that all of the players have an even playing ground. You would want others to play fairly against you, right?

8. Respect yourself, your teammates, your opponents/competitors, your coaches, and the officials. At the end of the day, you are playing a game. Show respect and others will do the same to you.

9. Have a sense of humor. As hard as this may be when you lose something you are passionate about, having a sense of humor will lighten the moment and provide a different perspective during this challenging time.

10. Be gracious and pay a compliment after the game. Walk up to the other players, their coaches, and the referees and thank everyone for a “good game.” What happened on the field can’t be changed, might as well show off your true gracious colors.

11. Be grateful for the opportunity to play. You have the chance to play a sport that you love. Use this opportunity to learn, grow, and have fun!

How are you a good sport?