Multiple Teams · Coaches Must Take the Time to Teach Sportsmanship


High school athletics provide athletes with opportunities to learn many things that are not covered in the academic curriculum. Athletes build relationships with their teammates and coaches, establish healthy exercise habits and experience the range of emotions that come with competition.

During these contests, students feel the responsibility of representing themselves, their families, teams, and schools. Coaches strive to have athletes who will always live up to high standards of conduct; however, if coaches do not have a plan to teach their athletes the importance of sportsmanship, they may be setting themselves up for potentially embarrassing situations for athletes, coaches, and the school community.

Allow time to teach sportsmanship – eye contact and the handshake

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