Sports events are essentially social in character. They facilitate the coming together of people from various parts of the country, at a national level, and various parts of the world, at the international level. The dictionary defines sportsmanship as the face or practice of participating in sports or sport. It is also the conduct and attitude considered as befitting participants in sports, especially fair play, courtesy, striving spirit and grace in losing. The 'golden rule' for athletes is good sportsmanship. You demonstrate this when you show respect for yourself, teammates, opponents, coaches, officials and fans. Sportsmanship does not simply pertain to players, spectators,
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In my mind it was all in good fun, but the teams didn't think so. It wasn't meant to cause any hard feelings toward anyone. However, it wasn't setting a good example for the kids or people that were present. We weren't following the golden rule of sportsmanship. Not only did we disgrace the game that we were playing, and of course ourselves, but this also caused our team to forfeit all remaining games for the season. More importantly, we offended and disgraced the other team because we were trying to be funny and doing a little friendly heckling. After this event, I was asked what the term sportsmanship means to me. At first this was easy: it means play fair, follow the rules, respect the judgment of the referees and officials and treating your opponents with respect. Then, I realized it went much deeper than that. Good sportsmanship is critical to the success of all sport activities. Unsportsmanlike behavior is not only a poor reflection of an individual, but it also takes away from the enjoyment of the activity for other participants. In order to encourage proper conduct, players, coaches and fans must be held accountable for their actions.
With that being said, officials, services personnel and supervision hold the position of authority to make the difficult determination between whether or not we are practicing good sportsmanship. Their decision is final and we must respect it. What does it take