Sportsmanship must be learned. We are not born with polished sportsmanship qualities. Therefore, sportsmanship must be taught! As coaches, we are the teacher of sportsmanship to our athletes.

Coaches should teach their athletes to play with fairness, with courteousness, and gracefully accept the results at the end of a game. Coaches need to display these same characteristics so the athlete can demonstrate them properly and know that the coach means business about good sportsmanship.

The ability to be a good sport and display good sportsmanship is dependent on wether we possess the human values of self-disipline, responsibility, integrity, respect and courage.

Good sportsmanship begins and ends with you!

2014-15 Sportsman of the Month Program

Do you know someone that exudes sportsmanship on and/or off the field?  Do you know someone who goes Beyond the Game to empower others through sportsmanship or community service?  If you answered yes to either one of those questions, then it sounds like you know someone who is eligible for Sportsmanship Spotlight!...READ MORE

Congratulations to our 2013-14 Sportsman of the Month winners:

October 2013: "The late" Robert Wade Brown - softball coach; Elizabeth High School; Elizabeth, La.

November 2013: Brian Kiesewetter - student athlete (soccer); Bolton High School; Alexandria, La.

December 2013: Crystal Griffin - student athlete (tennis); South Lafourche High School; Galliano, La.

January 2014: Taylor Ann Price - student athlete (golf); Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies; Metairie, La.

February 2014: Renee Mason - librarian/sport sponsor; Glenmora High School; Glenmora, La.

March 2014: 8th Graders, JV & Varsity Girls' Soccer Teams - student athletes (soccer); Mount Carmel Academy; New Orleans, La.

April 2014: Brody Williams - student athlete (football/basketball); South Lafourche High School; Galliano, La.

May 2014: Mikayla Laine Brown - student athlete (softball/basketball); Buckeye High School; Buckeye, La.

June 2014: Girls' Outdoor Track & Field Athletes - student athletes (track & field); various schools from State 4A 4x400 Meter Relay

2015 Essay Contest

Each year, the LHSAA Beyond the Game program sponsors a Sportsmanship essay contest. This is an opportunity for students at all of our member schools to get creative and tell us what it means to go “beyond the game” in sportsmanship. The guidelines are simple and your entries must be received by April 30, 2015 to be eligible to win. First place will be awarded a prize of $500 and will be recognized at the Annual LHSCA Coaches Clinic banquet in July.

The theme of the essay contest should be based on the following: "The thrill of victory lasts only a moment; the respect earned through good sportsmanship lasts for eternity."...READ MORE

Congratulations to Sydney Gabrielle Stewart, student at Opelousas Senior High for being named the LHSAA Beyond the Game Essay Winner. Sydney will receive a check for $500, which will be presented to her at the LHSCA Coaches Clinic held on July 15, 2014.

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