Teaching Kids to be Good Sports

“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” Heywood Hale Brown

Everyone likes to win, whether it’s as part of a team or in an individual event. Winning is the reward for all the training, hard work and discipline involved in sport and should always remain an important goal when participating in sport.

However, sometimes winning becomes the ‘be-all and end-all’ and we forget the other positive benefits that participating in sport brings such as; taking part, encouraging and supporting others, testing oneself physically and mentally, and taking pride in representing our club, be it school or community.


Teaching our children the values of being a good sport helps them develop good character that will stand them in good stead off the playing field.

Being a good sport is summed up in this useful checklist:

1. I abide by the rules of the game.

2. I try to avoid arguments.

3. I share in the responsibilities of the team.

4. I give everyone a chance to play according to the rules.

5. I always play fair.

6. I follow the directions of the coach.

7. I respect the other team’s effort.

8. I offer encouragement to teammates.

9. I accept the judgement calls of the game officials.

10. I end the game smoothly and respectfully.