Ten Commandments of Sportsmanship

Be a Good Winner

1. Deflect the Praise 

When you win, remember to recognize those who have made you successful. Instead of holding on to the praise you receive, pass it on to those who share in your success. A good winner shares praise with teammates.
2. Play By the Rules
Breaking the rules cheapens the victory. It is no different than attempting to steal something that is not yours. Every competitor who steps onto a court must agree to play by the same set of rules–or sit on the bench.
3. Praise the Good in Others
Good sports cheer for others’ successes. They don’t mock others’ failures. A good winner points out how well the opponent played.
4. Respect the Officials
Professional sports teams have learned the value of officials. Even the “televised instant replay” cannot make every call right. Though you may disagree with a call, always show respect to the one who made it.
5. Teach Others to be Successful
A good winner takes time to help others rise to the same level of success. A good winner is a role model and a coach to others who want to follow in his or her footsteps.


Be a Good Loser

6. Learn from Your Mistakes

A good loser reviews mistakes and learns from them so as not to make the same mistakes twice.

7. Avoid Trash Talking

A good loser doesn’t gain acceptance by putting others down. Displays of anger don’t erase defeat.
8. Congratulate the Winner
The mark of a real sport is one who can humbly acknowledge that on a given day at a given time, someone else was better.

9. Build the Whole Team

Because the whole team benefits when one player improves, a good loser invests in the others.

10. Return to Play Another Day

A good loser doesn’t quit. He or she prepares for the next game and comes back to win.

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