By Alexander Kneip
Sportsmanship is a huge part of any sport and coaches who are in it to develop our youth make a point to teach it, whereas coaches who try to win at all costs hinder the development and integrity of our youth.
I am a strong believer of the notion in which coaches who display good sportsmanship during practices and games already teach by example, but when a coach displays good sportsmanship, makes a point to talk about it with his players and teaches it to them… now that is the reason why there is a coach of the year award. In saying that, not only are there coaches who teach good sportsmanship by example, but there are also coaches who teach the exact opposite of good sportsmanship.
The team is like a body and the coach who displays bad sportsmanship is like a tumor which can spread quickly throughout the whole body if not removed soon enough. When the coach is the tumor, it is often times fatal for the team, but when a player is the tumor; the coach can act as a doctor, detect and remove the tumor before it is too late and spreads throughout the body.
I also believe that sportsmanship, like a second language, is more difficult to learn the older we get. So, it is best for parents to try and put their child on a team with a coach who is a positive role model. If parents are aware and see signs early on that the coach is a good person and has a passion for the development of children, then that should be a team to grow with no matter the talent level it has. Winning should always come second to the development of youth in sports. Here are signs that a coach is knowledgeable and cares about good sportsmanship:
- She talks to her players about good sportsmanship versus bad sportsmanship
- He not only talks the talk, but walks the walk himself all the time and not just some of the tim
- She shakes hands with everyone on the opposing team after a hard fought game; win or lo
- He shakes hands with the referee officials at the end of the gam
- She tells her players to help up the opponent when they fall dow
- He uses positive language and rarely uses any foul language
- She does not yell at the referees or talk badly about them.
- He does not take calls made by the referees personal.
- Telling her players to act with integrity and admit the referees made the wrong call.
- Does not tolerate taunting or humiliating of opponents and teaches them how to win with cl
- Gives positive praise for any display of good sportsmanship out of his play
- Does not let his players take a last second shot at the end of the game when they are winning by a big margin
- Does not try to win at all costs, rather focuses on good sportsmanship.
It is important that coaches teach youth how they should react to referee officials because it is close to impossible for them to make every call the right one. Rather than yelling or complaining to the referee officials, coaches should teach players how to respect officials and to just focus on playing basketball.
Bottom line: sportsmanship plays a huge role in the development of youth in sports.
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