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11 Sports Manners to Teach Your Young Athletes

By Janis Meredith, USA Football, 06/17/19, 2:00PM CDT


Good manners do not go out of style. Hopefully you are teaching your kids manners to practice at home, in school, and in sports. Yep, in sports.

Playing sports doesn’t have to be dog-eat-dog and athletes don’t have to have an attitude to succeed. Teach your kids to keep practicing their manners even in the heat of competition.

  1. Thank the Coach and/or shake his/her hand after practices and game.
  2. Offer a helping hand to players on the ground, both teammates and opponents.
  3. Acknowledge when a teammate or opponent has a great play.
  4. Don’t argue with the officials, and thank them after the game as well.
  5. If you are unhappy about coming out of the game, don’t huff and puff and pout about it.
  6. Listen to the coach and do what he/she asks. Look them in the eye when you speak to them.