10 tenets for Pursuing Victory With Honor

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:

  1. Great coaches and athletes model good behavior every day.
  2. Honor the letter and spirit of the rules.
  3. Promote good sportsmanship in the stands by enlisting home game “ambassadors.”
  4. Concentrate on winning with honor, not winning at all costs.
  5. Make decisions as if your mother/child were looking over your shoulder.
  6. Don’t make cheating an option.
  7. Congratulate everyone, including the opposing coach.
  8. Focus on the team, not the stars.
  9. Have fun without winning.
  10. 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.