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Why Is Sportsmanship Important?

By Reference, 02/11/19, 12:00PM CST

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Sportsmanship is also important in the context of athletics in order to make the experience of play sports more pleasant for everyone involved.

Good sportsmanship is important not only as a practice of etiquette and respect in sports but also because it helps teach young athletes good behavior that carries over into other aspects of life. For example, a young athlete who believes that it is appropriate to gloat when his or her team wins may believe that such condescending and rude behavior is appropriate in other aspects of life.

While sports provide physical activity and competition, these activities are also forms of social engagement that are guided by a set of behavioral rules much in the same way that other activities like business place a secondary emphasis on social behavior.