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Sportsmanship: A Deeper Understanding

By Decatur Parks and Recreation, 08/07/18, 12:00PM CDT

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This is where the Golden Rule comes in; treating others as you would want to be treated. But how do you respect a team as a whole or the game itself?  

I recently asked the kids involved in DPR’s Youth Sports and Fitness class to define sportsmanship. As you would expect, I received a myriad of answers.  

One of the younger children defined it as “shaking hands at the end of the game,” another as “being nice to the other team” and finally an older kid recited the Golden Rule. 

None of the answers were wrong, but neither did they show an understanding past the buzzword status sportsmanship is often given. The word “sportsmanship” is fashionable to promote for many schools, youth leagues and sports associations.