Be a good sportsman

Grade 3’s Unit of Inquiry is looking at adaptations, and from that I wanted to look at how to promote healthy competition so that within our school the children do not believe the fittest, strongest , smartest will survive, but rather they aim to work together as a team so that everyone can cross the finish line. Granted in life whether in sport, auditions, applying for jobs, even taking exams, people with loose, as we can not all win all the time.  The things is we all want to win! So how do we teach our children how to be a good sport, take the wins and the loses as they come, celebrating the taking part?

“The important thing is what you do next. Do you storm over to the other team’s dugout and accuse them of cheating? No! The best thing to do is to try to collect yourself and get in line with your teammates so you can congratulate the other team. Maybe you’ve seen Little League players do this. Each team lines up and they walk along sort of high-fiving the other team’s players and saying “good game.”

Children who are sore loses end up not being children who others want to play with, the games become too competitive and the stakes to high, so it is easier just not to play with them. So here are some practical ways in which to encourage our children to be good sportsmen / women! (As a keen player of volleyball and football, girls and women are defiantly included).

’10 Ways to Be a Good Sport

Here are some ways that you can show others what good sportsmanship is all about:

  1. Be polite to everyone you’re playing with and against. No trash talk — which means saying mean things while you’re in the middle of a game.
  2. Don’t show off. Just play your best. If you’re good, people will notice.
  3. Tell your opponents “good game!” whether you’ve won or you’ve lost.
  4. Learn the rules of the game. Show up for practices and games on time — even if you’re the star of the team.
  5. Listen to your coaches and follow their directions about playing.
  6. Don’t argue with an official if you don’t agree with his or her call. If you don’t understand a certain call, wait until after the game to ask your coach or the official to explain it to you.
  7. Don’t make up excuses or blame a teammate when you lose. Try to learn from what happened.
  8. Be willing to sit out so other team members can get in the game — even if you think you’re a better player.
  9. Play fair and don’t cheat.
  10. Cheer for your teammates even if the score is 1,000 to 1! You could inspire a big comeback!    

So if you have a child in Grade 3 ask them what Ms Becky did in their class next week and I hope they come away with a sense of how powerful working as a team is and inspiring and encouraging others.

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