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Where’s The Sportsmanship?


Date posted - January 20, 2014


I am the mother of an eleven year old daughter that has chosen to participate in the rec athletics this year. She sees and hears stories of how I and her aunts and uncles participated in sports and thought she would like to have similar stories for her future. Unfortunately what I have noticed is a lack of sportsmanship in all of the teams and communities including mine. I know I was taught that you play hard and be aggressive, but you respect each other and if the other team is better then you bet your butt you need to work harder for the next time you meet. Instead I am seeing pouting, crying, pushing, shoving and elbows being thrown. This wasn’t happening to my daughter, but you can bet that if it had and the coaches and refs weren’t doing anything I would definitley be voicing my opinion. My fear would not just be for kids to be hurt, but for kids showing good sportsmanship to think it’s okay to act like a “brat” on the court. As parents and adults it is our responsibility to teach our kids respect as well as the coaches and refs.

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5 Responses to “Where’s The Sportsmanship?”

  1. Confucius says:

    Nut seldom fall far from tree.

  2. The Dude says:

    The sooner these kids realize life isn’t fair the better off they will be. Now que the violin music.

  3. sassy says:

    Wanna see some physical girls BB games? Go and watch the Sioux County/Sioux Conference teams play. Everyone including the refs like it to be rough. If you ask me, it is NOT as challenging and physically demanding to get right in someone’s space as a rule as it is to step an inch or two back and then have to keep up with the person you’re guarding while making sure you’re not in constant physical contact.

    In my opinion, it was much more FUN to have the gals playing half court rules. I know there is no going back to that, but what a welcome treat to see a game using a completely different strategy than full court!

    • been there done that says:

      Running up behind another player and purposely shoving another player with two hands in the center of their back is not basketball. Maybe “streetball” but not the organized sport. Fighting for a jump ball is a whole different situation…

  4. Biker says:

    I have helped coach. First rule we are team, respect, “we” and play fair….what is that? But I agree things can and do get outta hand. But one also needs to learn how to play safely with respect. I don’t care win or loss or shots made or miss…bottom line with those kids is team, respect for us and “them” and the from there play hard.

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