Early Childhood Sports: Sportsmanship
It is really easy for parents to get caught up in sports, sometimes more than our children. Some parents may be focused on all the wins and easily forget that this is something our children are doing for fun and learning at the same time.
If you have a young child at home who is just beginning to play sports, it may be super hard to tell them “have good sportsmanship!” They will probably look at you strangely. Everyone wants to win the game or contest, but we all understand that if someone wins, there will be someone who loses. This can be tough for a young child. Teaching different characteristics of sportsmanship first will allow our children to learn another important life skill.
Here are my top 11 things that I remind my children before they practice or play a game.
- Always play fair.
- Cheer on your teammates
- Listen to your coach.
- Always say “thank you” to volunteers and coaches.
- Practices are just as important as games.
- High-five and compliment the opposing team.
- No bragging about winning.
- No name calling.
- Be a good teammate.
- Stay positive, always.
- Have fun!
If we focus on these rules and characteristics of sportsmanship, not only will our children gain another awesome sports skill, but it will be something that will stay with them their entire life.
What are some rules or phrases you use with your child to promote sportsmanship?