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Teach Children How to Be Good Sports
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Good sportsmanship is essential in all aspects of life, and one of the best places to start is on the playing field. When your child first tells you he or she wants to play organized sports, take some time discussing the non-athletic part of the game, like how to behave both on and off the field.

Then set an example for your child. Before the game, avoid saying anything out of line or derogatory about the other team. During the game, cheer for your child's team but refrain from shouting obscenities or negative comments about any specific child's mistakes. After the game, say encouraging things to the parents from the other team.

Share these tips when teaching your children:

Learn the rules and follow them.
Loud voices are fine for outdoors, as long as the words are encouraging rather than disparaging.
Listen to the coach, and unless he or she is asking you to do something you know is wrong, obey.
The referee’s call is the last word, even if you don’t agree with it.
It’s just a game. If you lose, practice more for the next time. Congratulate the winning team members.
If you win, don’t be obnoxious. Congratulate the other team on a game well played.
Have fun, whether you win or lose.
Never forget good manners.
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