10 tenets for Pursuing Victory With Honor
Good sportsmanship doesn’t happen by chance. But it can become second nature when coaches, administrators, and players make it a priority. In celebration of National Sportsmanship Day, here are 10 reminders to help you keep character front and center:
- Great coaches and athletes model good behavior every day.
- Honor the letter and spirit of the rules.
- Promote good sportsmanship in the stands by enlisting home game “ambassadors.”
- Concentrate on winning with honor, not winning at all costs.
- Make decisions as if your mother/child were looking over your shoulder.
- Don’t make cheating an option.
- Congratulate everyone, including the opposing coach.
- Focus on the team, not the stars.
- Have fun without winning.
- Make sports a setting for learning.
Also see: The T.E.A.M. approach to sportsmanship, a strategy for teaching, enforcing, advocating, and modeling good character in sports.
Get serious about sportsmanship: Attend a Pursuing Victory With Honor training seminar.