I have dozens of “Mom photos” of my son playing his various sports. He has always loved playing any game that has a ball. His favourite seem to be those sports where he can get really dirty! In the Fall it’s football, Winter he trains in the weight room, Spring ..shot put and in the Summer he loves to slide into home plate!
I admire how dedicated he is to his training for each sport. Each season he strives to learn more; to refine his technique while taking the time to have fun.
I admire his sense of sportsmanship. He’s never pleased with any outcome of a game if someone hasn’t been honest or respectful.
Some people are lucky enough to meet their sports hero. I get to raise mine.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sportsmanship (or sometimes sportspersonship) is an aspiration or ethos that a sport or activity will be enjoyed for its own sake, with proper consideration for fairness, ethics, respect, and a sense of fellowship with one’s competitors. A sore loser refers to one who does not take defeat well, whereas a good sport means being a “good winner” as well as being a “good loser”.
Sportsmanship can be conceptualized as an enduring and relatively stable characteristic or disposition such that individuals differ in the way they are generally expected to behave in sport situations. In general, sportsmanship refers to virtues such as fairness, self-control, courage, and persistence, and has been associated with interpersonal concepts of treating others and being treated fairly, maintaining self-control if dealing with others, and respect for both authority and opponents. Sportsmanship is also looked at as being the way one reacts to a sport/game.
I’m proud to say that for almost all the games that my son participated in over the past few weeks, he and his team showed they were ‘good sports’. They showed good sportsmanship.
Games against one team proved this to be a challenge. Not so much for my son and his team. They continued to show good sportsmanship. I found myself struggling.
The other team is skilled and their win was an good one.
What is bothering me is what is overshadowing that. One of our team said, “I don’t mind loosing when the other teams out plays us but they were just jerks.” But more than that, what really unsettles me, is the other teams coach. He allowed his team to play with … lets just say ‘bad attitude’.
My son and I talked about this and I told him…. You guys could come up with a strategy to win playing “rougher”. I want you to win but not if you’re going to play like that. I rather you loose with integrity. It’s just a game.
He said, “Don’t worry Mom. At our school, we’re not jerks.”