A letter to parents from the MHS Department of Athletics
Webster’s Dictionary defines a “SPORTSMAN” as “a person who can take a victory without gloating or a loss without complaint, and who treats his opponents with fairness and courtesy.” This year, as we embark on our athletic endeavors, we would like to make good sportsmanship our most important point of emphasis. At Middletown High School, good sportsmanship is our expectation.What is Good Sportsmanship?
According to the Nemours Foundation and Kids Health, good sportsmanship occurs when coaches, teammates, opponents, and officials treat each other with respect. Kids learn the basics of sportsmanship from the adults in their lives, particularly, their parents and their coaches. Parents can help their kids understand that good sportsmanship includes both small gestures and heroic efforts. It starts with something as simple as shaking hands with opponents before the game as an initial demonstration of good sportsmanship, and after the game, regardless of the final score.Fostering Good Sportsmanship
Actions speak louder than words, especially when it comes to teaching kids the basics of good sportsmanship. Here are some suggestions on how to foster good sportsmanship in your child:
“Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece – by thought, choice, courage and determination.” John Luther
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