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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.