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Sportsmanship Essay

1042 words - 5 pages

A child’s world is full of violence. It appears in video games, films, and TV programs and many parents in the hope of removing their children from some of this violence are encouraging and sometimes pushing their children into participating in organized sports. The problem is this same violence in creeping its way into baseball, football, soccer, basketball, and hockey. The violence is shown by the parents’ and coaches’ poor conduct and rage. This violent behavior on the part of parents and coaches must be curbed and we must bring back the learning of the rules and skills of the sport and a sense of good sportsmanship and values.
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If we look back to the beginning of organized sports over 100 years ago, the purpose then was to get the growing numbers of rowdy children off the streets and to teach them values. The main purpose of youth sports is to emphasize effort, participation and skill development. Parents and coaches are too worried about the outcome of the game and are getting away from the initial purpose. Kids consider winning about seventh on a list of why they participate in youth sports. Children’s sports are supposed to teach skills and values - such as fair play, working with others and dealing well with adversity – that kids can draw upon throughout their live. What has gone wrong with that purpose? Where has this sense of sportsmanship, learning, and fun gone?
The incidence of violent behavior (sports rage) among sports parents is increasing throughout the United States and needs to be curtailed. The epidemic of verbal harassment and physical violence by parents at youth sports events is increasing far too rapidly. These incidents range from a heated and profaned 15 minute argument, to brawls involving two, ten, even fifty or a hundred parents, to striking and beating up coaches and referees, and even to murder. The age range of the children observing these incidents is six to twelve year olds, and some as young as four and five see these outbursts. Where is the role modeling and focus of assisting in children development? The enjoyment of sports and fitness will last a lifetime. Physical fitness, basic motor skills, a positive self-image, a balanced perspective on sports in relation to the child’s school and community life, and a commitment to the values of teamwork, fair play and sportsmanship.
Athletic associations and organizers of youth sports are attempting to educate parents and coaches on the needs of young athletes, but this effort needs to be expended to all organized youths sports. Many organized athletic associations are now requiring parents to attend sportsmanship classes, adhere to parental conduct handbooks, and sign codes...

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