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Sportsmanship

Help Your Child And Teen Learn To Win And Lose Well -- The Ins And Outs Of Sportsmanship

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.05.2016 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

In today's culture where everyone sometimes gets a trophy for trying their best which has the positive effect of praising effort and hard work, it's s...

In Praise of Division III Athletics

L. Jay Lemons | Posted 04.07.2016 | Sports
L. Jay Lemons

Division III, the largest grouping in the NCAA's membership, aspires to be the purist form of intercollegiate athletic competition. As there are no athletic scholarships, all athletes compete for the love of sport.

Sportsmanship Taking a Beating From Ego

Ken Reed | Posted 04.03.2016 | Sports
Ken Reed

Sports have always brought out the best and worst in people. One of the compelling aspects of sports is that character is openly on display. Problem is, the ugly side of sports is getting way too loud.

10 Ways to Improve Your Child's Education at Home

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.24.2016 | Education
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

How do children learn? Certainly, it's our job as parents to send our kids to schools, be their advocates in getting a fine education, ascertaining special services as needed, and taking the time to learn how the curriculum is organized. But what about our role at home?

Cam Newton: A Role Model in Progress

Jesse Andreozzi | Posted 02.11.2016 | Sports
Jesse Andreozzi

Right now, though, if he's going to dab, dance, and dish it out when he wins, he needs to own it when he loses. This situation is all the more frustrating given all the critics who will jump on Newton for anything little fault they can find.

My Son Didn't Start Today, And I Couldn't Be Prouder

Chris Fore | Posted 02.09.2016 | Parents
Chris Fore

Parents, your kids will be fine if they don't start -- as long as you're fine! For the first time my son didn't start today, and I couldn't have been prouder. He was the only one on the bench standing and cheering for his teammates.

6 Lessons We Can Learn About Sportsmanship From Cam Newton

Anya "Yaya" Reed | Posted 02.08.2016 | Sports
Anya

Whether it be getting that big promotion or signing a huge client, you want to shout it to the world, but this is where celebrating with grace comes in handy. While we are on cloud nine after coming out victorious, there's probably someone else on the losing side.

Trophies for Participants, and Parolees

Lisa Smith Molinari | Posted 11.13.2015 | Sports
Lisa Smith Molinari

I grew up in Western Pennsylvania -- the cradle of quarterbacks, Steeler Country, the home of those folks accused of "clinging to their guns and relig...

10 Messages All Sports Should Leave Behind

Becky Blades | Posted 11.02.2015 | Sports
Becky Blades

Let's face it, professional sports give mixed messages about competition and team play. Some of it is the stuff fairy tales are made of, and some of it is worse. That's why you'll love this story.

High School Football Sportsmanship Doesn’t Get Better Than This

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 11.02.2015 | Sports

One of the first cliches youth sports coaches drill into impressionable young athletes is about "respecting your opponent." That value, however, repre...

Shouts From the Sidelines: Lessons in Life

Christine Carter | Posted 10.20.2015 | Parents
Christine Carter

What is sometimes shouted from the sidelines is quite a portrayal of many life lessons we want to instill in our kids. There are tactics and tests that play out on the field which if used in the game of life can prove to be quite valuable.

Your Child's Coach Is a Jerk? Now You Can Let the League Know It

Fred Engh | Posted 09.23.2015 | Sports
Fred Engh

Since parent evaluations are anonymous to the coaches, parents can provide honest feedback without fear of backlash or repercussion. The coach only sees their overall score for each key coaching area.

7 Things Sports --and Wrestling--Taught My Sons That I Could Not

Michele Weldon | Posted 09.08.2015 | Parents
Michele Weldon

For millions of American parents, Saturdays -and Sundays-- are again fully booked with carpooling, cheering from the sidelines and unfortunately sooth...

Uganda And Taiwan Little League World Series Teams Show What Sports Should Really Be About

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 08.25.2015 | Sports

The famous Vince Lombardi line, "If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?" is often times quoted as a truism, but it's not. Winning is ...

We All Should Have a Kid This Gutsy!

Fred Engh | Posted 07.22.2016 | Parents
Fred Engh

We've all see the bumper sticker on the back of cars that say, "My child's on the honor roll." Well I think there should be ones made for kids like this one that says, "My kid just stood up to a bunch of 'little league' jerks who don't get it."

Even in Defeat, Jordan Spieth Wins

Steven Petite | Posted 07.21.2016 | Sports
Steven Petite

Jordan Spieth is young enough to be the son of a lot of the players on tour, but he did what is sometimes difficult for even seasoned veterans. He lost graciously, respectfully and admirably in heartbreaking circumstances.

Sportsmanship: It Truly Is What It's All About

Ken Reed | Posted 05.27.2016 | Sports
Ken Reed

I believe that no matter how long your sports career lasts, whether it ends after Little League, or after winning the Super Bowl, what you will most be remembered for is what kind of competitor you were, what kind of teammate you were, and whether or not you respected the game.

Why I Asked My Sons To Turn Off The Game

Eileen Flood O'Connor | Posted 05.01.2016 | Parents
Eileen Flood O'Connor

Growing up in Queens, New York, I played softball at P.S. 144 with "Killer Conlon," whose mother coached, hurling a litany of expletives and wayward cigarettes at all bad calls -- and plays. Only the winners walked off with the hardware.

All-Star Teams Turn Fun Into Frenzy

Fred Engh | Posted 05.25.2015 | Sports
Fred Engh

When youth sports began way back in the late '30s, it was so kids would have something to do during their time off from school in the summer. With the advent of all-star teams, on a team with 15 players, 14 would be left with no baseball for the rest of the summer.

What Truly Matters in Youth Sports? Hint: It's Not the Sport

Bethany & Daniel Henderson | Posted 05.23.2015 | Impact
Bethany & Daniel Henderson

We adults tend to think we have all the answers when it comes to youth sports. We adults can pontificate all we want, but the thing that should matter most in youth sports isn't the sport, it's the youth.

No More 161-2 Basketball Scores. High School Sports Should Have Mercy Rules

Larry Atkins | Posted 04.04.2015 | Sports
Larry Atkins

Running up the score can have different effects on members of the losing team for young players. Some might feel totally embarrassed and dejected and decide to quit the team or the sport altogether.

Florida State Called Out Over Lack Of Sportsmanship

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 01.05.2015 | Sports

The indignities didn't stop for Florida State after the clock struck zero at the Rose Bowl. After being demolished by Oregon in a College Football Pla...

How Parents Can Be the Ultimate Spoilsports

Dr. Wendy Rice | Posted 02.01.2015 | Parents
Dr. Wendy Rice

You cannot give or praise your children into having good self-esteem. You can, however, support them in a loving, positive way while they find their own path to those good feelings about their own abilities and character.

High School QB Plays For Rival Team In Place Of Injured Athlete, Embodies True Sportsmanship

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 10.07.2014 | Good News

Sometimes the spoils of victory are better shared -- even when it comes to competitive sports. While Mississippi communities tend to take their foo...

Booing at Bingo

Fiona Finn | Posted 09.21.2014 | Money
Fiona Finn

Yesterday my twenty-four year old son sent me a message via Facebook about a local woman who won over $976,000 on a casino slot machine.