5 Ways to Build Sportsmanship in Young Athletes

Sportsmanship isn’t just about shaking hands after the game. It’s about helping young athletes enjoy the spirit of the competition, deal with adversity, and handle authority figures properly.
Here are five tips to boost sportsmanship in young players and help them prepare for life in the process.

Sportsmanship Tip #1: Find a Role Model
Character is a word that gets used often, but its true meaning may be hard to explain to a young mind. It’s ultimately a choice to hold oneself to a higher standard. By raising standards early, an athlete can both give and expect mutual respect during their course of competition.

Find a pro athlete the child idolizes, and is a good character athlete, and have them “visualize” themselves acting as that athlete would.

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