Any individual who has been to a golf tournament or other sporting event knows that sportsmanship is a must. There is little sport that does not require “respect” for the opposing team, for opponents, and the leaders on the field. Sportsmanship is not only beneficial for the teams that we compete against but also for our own self-esteem. When sportsmanship is practiced in all sporting arenas, it actually helps to increase the level of competitiveness which is very important in improving the overall level of competition and athletes’ skill level.
Sportsmanship is a mandatory part of our sports communities. It plays a very important role when it comes to determining whether the other team will play hard or play fair. What most people fail to realize is that sportsmanship is not only a requirement in sport but also in business. Without being involved in this activity, there is a serious lack of ethics, character, and integrity. The “sportsmanship” aspect of the sports community is essential for all aspects of everyday life and should not be overlooked.
Parents of young children generally like to hear their child’s sporting team say good bye when it is time to enter the field of play or the field of competition. During times of competition, children often get pretty anxious, and this can make them start to act out, especially at the end of a game or competition. This can result in making sure that their best friend or teammate also gets the same treatment, if the playing field is indeed level. If their parents had been the ones who played the referee for most of the game, they would know how much respect they deserve for such behavior.
Professional sports organizations have included a code of “sportsmanship” as part of their moral and ethical standards. However, it is not limited to just professional sports or even just to playing and participating in sports. Many times when people are included in various kinds of competitions, such as sports events or athletic contests, they are required to behave in a certain way. Those who do not comply with the sportsmanship code will receive various punishments such as disqualification, banning from future events, or even the cancellation of their participation altogether. These punishments are often very severe, but they are necessary to make sure that everyone in the sport community behaves correctly.
There are many sports communities that do not necessarily practice sportsmanship. They prefer to teach sportsmanship through the actions of their players rather than teaching them to promote respect for the opposing team. However, some people in these communities are more involved in the sports community than others. To counteract the behavior that is disrespectful to the opposition or even to the competitors, the values of the sports community must be applied as well.
Sports communities that practice sportsmanship should endeavor to include children as participants as much as possible. This is a way to teach them the importance of respecting their opponents and the behavior that is not only acceptable but desirable in a sports community. Kids are more likely to follow the rules of the community more accurately and to act in a more respectful manner. They are also more likely to have a better competitive spirit than those who participate in the community only because of the presence of children as participants.
In addition to rewarding people who are involved in the sports community with gifts or prizes, people in the community should take the opportunity to provide services to their community as well. These services could be anything from making sure that the tournament activities are not interrupted by an athlete’s outburst, to throwing a friendly party for anyone who is traveling or who is not with the community, to assisting the residents of the community with their volunteer work. In fact, some communities even have volunteer groups that are responsible for scouting other communities for charitable organizations that provide service projects. Such communities truly represent the essence of sportsmanship and can promote the high level of sportsmanship that everyone should aspire to.