How do spectators exhibit good sportsmanship?

Lee's Summit JournalJune 4, 2014 

What does sportsmanship mean?

Sportsmanship means being a good player, even if one loses. It means being fair and courteous to all players of the game and not being a sore loser or a bad winner.

You demonstrate this when you show respect for yourself, teammates, opponents, coaches, officials and fans. Sportsmanship is not just reserved for athletes, it also pertains to fans, parents and cheerleaders. Sportsmanship is a style and an attitude; it can have a positive or negative influence on everyone involved.

Unsportsmanlike behavior is not only a poor reflection of an individual, but it also takes away from the enjoyment of the activity for other participants. In order to encourage proper conduct, players, coaches and fans must be held accountable for their actions.

It’s also very important to know how to show good sportsmanship. One way to show good sportsmanship is to respect yourself and everyone around you. Booing, whistling, stamping of feet and disrespectful remarks should not be made.

You should respect officials, visiting coaches, players and cheerleaders as guests in the community and extend all courtesies to them. Cheering for one’s own team is highly encouraged. Don’t throw debris, confetti or other objects from the stands.

Showing good sportsmanship shows that a person has respect for the winning team. An example of a person that shows good sportsmanship will offer congratulations to the winning team, and also shake hands. A person that has bad sportsmanship will refuse their congratulations and will not shake hands with the winning team. Overall it’s a very important life skill to have. You’re going to have to be a good sport your entire life.


Kaitlyn Butler is a seventh grade student at Summit Lakes Middle School and an MSHSAA essay winner.

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