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!