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Are You a Good Sport?

By Wonderopolis, 05/20/19, 12:00PM CDT

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Learning good sportsmanship is important because it helps you develop an attitude of graciousness and respect that will carry over into all the other areas of your life.

Are you competitive? Is winning the most important thing? Or do you simply enjoy playing the game regardless of the final result? How you answer these questions might give you some insight into whether you're a good sport or not.

Although most games have winners and losers, the goal of sports is not to win every game. The real goals include getting exercise, having fun, and learning important social skills, like teamwork and good sportsmanship. Good sportsmanship is all about respect. Good sports respect the other players on their team. They respect the players on opposing teams. They respect their coaches, and they also respect the referees or other officials involved in their games.