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 2014-15 Sportsman of the Month winners:

May 2015: Elizabeth Bulldogs basketball team – The Elizabeth Bulldogs made a thrilling run to the state championship game in Lake Charles in 2015. However, their season could ultimately be defined by their district game with St. Joseph’s of Plaucheville earlier in the year. That night the Bulldogs saw to it that Colton Dupuis, an Eagles’ player with autism, had the night of his life. Each time Dupuis missed a shot, the Elizabeth team would rebound and pass it back until he was able to score on that possession. In the end Colton scored a career high 25 points.

April 2015: Northshore Lady Panthers basketball team – Northshore started the season on a roll, but were quickly derailed by injuries. Despite the bad luck, the Lady Panthers did not let it affect their spirit of sportsmanship. Their “Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters” program with the Slidell Boys & Girls Club has been their defining legacy from the 2014-15 school year. After watching the girls help 4th-8th graders with everything from school work to social issues, head coach Bill Gallagher made sure his team received their due recognition.

March 2015: Dani Peavy, senior at Rosepine High School – Off of the softball field Dani volunteers her time to several worthy causes in her local community, including: participating in the Adopt A Soldier, volunteering at the Crisis Pregnancy Center, collecting food for “God’s Food Box,” volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul, serving on her church’s Youth Council, fundraising for diabetes through the “Walking on Pens & Needles” walk and “Stepping Out for Diabetes” program, and providing blankets and Christmas cards to a local nursing home.

February 2015: Jack Griffin, senior at Airline High School - During a varsity basketball game in December, Airline led by double digits with under a minute remaining when Redemptorist substituted a special needs student into the game. Jack immediately turned to his coach and told him to call timeout so they could plan to allow the special needs student-athlete to score.

January 2015: Lindsey Osbon, sophomore at Archbishop Hannan High School - Last year as a freshman, Lindsey excelled on the softball diamond hitting lead-off and playing shortstop. However, her off the field work with The Miracle League is why Lindsey was nominated by head coach Becky Lambert for the LHSAA Sportsman of the Month. Her fundraiser “Lindsey’s Hit For Kids” helped to raise money for The Miracle League Northshore as they build and operate ball parks for disabled children.

December 2014: David Bryant, Plain Dealing High School - Nominated by his principal, Coach Bryant has made a difference in the lives of countless students at Plain Dealing High School. As a mentor, role model and FCA leader, Coach Bryant has placed a greater emphasis on results off the field rather than results on the field.

November 2014: Mount Carmel Softball Team - The Cubs hosted a "yellow" game raising over $2000, then donated that money to a young lady on an opposing team.

October 2014: Alix Duncan, Sterlington – Alix is on Sterlington’s Cross Country team. Earlier this season while running in the Ruston High School Cross Country Meet, Alix stopped during the final stretch to assist a competitor who had fallen.

September 2014: A.J. Ellender Softball Team - Lady Patriots agreed to participate in Janie's Inning after losing in the quarterfinals of the 2014 State Softball Tournament.

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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