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Merriam-Webster's Definition of SPORTSMANSHIP

: conduct (as fairness, respect for one's opponent, and graciousness in winning or losing) becoming to one participating in a sport 

SPORTSMANSHIP is a term universally used when referring to ethical attitude and principals of conduct in connections with athletes and sports in general. Actually, sportsmanship is an attitude or an ideal based upon what is courteous and fair put into action. It demands the contest or game shall be played according to both the letter and spirit of the rules. Basically, sportsmanship requires honesty in play, courtesy in conduct, respect for authority, consideration of others and the acceptance of the results of the contest with restraint in victory and dignity in defeat. It applies to all participants whether they be participating players, participating Coaches or participating spectators.

Ten Tips for Being a Good Sport

  1. Show respect to yourself by treating others the way you want to be treated.
  2. Respect not only your teammates, but also your opponents.
  3. Respect your coaches and the officials of the game.
  4. Respect the rules of the game.
  5. Always play fair.
  6. Accept the judgment calls of the coaches and the officials without argument.
  7. Offer encouragement to teammates, especially when they make mistakes.
  8. Forgive yourself when you make a mistake and get right back into the game.
  9. Lose without pouting.
  10. Win without gloating or rubbing it in
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