Positive attitudes and conduct make sport enjoyable for everyone. Some people can ruin the experience with poor behavior.
This can include things like undue pressure, abuse, taunting, poor sportsmanship, foul language, harassment, bullying, victimization and more. It can be verbal, written, physical or emotional.
Poor behavior can occur in many places - during play, on the sidelines, at training, in the clubhouse or outside of the sporting arena.
It can be coaches, players, parents, spectators, officials or administrators that behave poorly. Any one of these people, children or adults, can be the victim of poor conduct too.
Poor behavior stop from a lack of respect. Showing respect is so important, particularly for young people. It's important to teach respect for coaches, team mates, officials and anyone else involved in sport.
Poor behavior in sport results in:
1) Risks to people's happiness
2) Reduced enjoyment for everyone
3) Children and adults giving up sport.
4) Smaller amount of people willing to volunteer for coaching, officiating and other roles.
5) Risks to clubs reputation and management
6) Preventing poor conduct and behavior in sport requires a few keys steps.
2) About players:
All players have a responsibility to ensure their conduct is respectful and promotes a positive environment. Players play a major part in setting team and club culture. Fortunately there are many simple things players can do to promote positive sporting environments.
Players can help promote positive sporting environments by:
1) Being a good sport
2) Play with respect, integrity and fairness
3) Be modest in victory and gracious in defeat
4) If you win, don’t rub it in
5) If you lose, don’t make excuses
6) Control your temper
7) Don’t use bad language or make derogatory remarks.
Respect your opponent:
1) Treat your opponent the way you would like to be treated
2) Thank the opposition at the end of the game
1) Accept and respect the official’s decision
2) Thank the official at the end of the game
3) If you have an issue, raise it in a professional way with your coach or captain after the game