Good sportsmanship happens on both sides of the field. As a parent and a fan, you play an important role in establishing and maintaining good sportsmanship. Be a role model for your child by setting the tone of good sportsmanship before, during, and after the game.
Here are 4 ways you can practice good sportsmanship from the spectators side of the field.
1) Positive Cheering
TRY: Cheering with positive comments or noisemakers.
* Yah, Whoo Hoo, Way to go, Great try, Well done, nice job, etc.
*Wave towels, pom poms or signs, clap, stomp or ring cowbells or other noisemakers.
AVOID: Negative comments or coaching from the stands.
2) Cheer For Everybody
TRY: Celebrate great efforts by both teams. Give opponents and opposing parents a sincere "good game" when the match is over. Thank the official and coaches for a job well done.
AVOID: Only cheering for your child. Only talking about your son/daughter on the spectator's sideline. Telling the coach how, when or where to play your child.
3) Positive Post Game Discussion
*What was the most fun part of today's game?
*What was your favorite play?
*What did you learn from today's game?
AVOID: PGA - Post Game Analysis
*You should have done this or that.
*Don't you think you should have...?
*Why didn't you...?
4) Keep Your Emotions In Check
TRY: Being Calm
*Count to ten and take a deep breath.
*Wait at least a day before initiating any discussions with the coaches.
*See the big picture, not just the scoreboard.
AVOID: Being Over Emotional
*Yell and scream in an irrate or negative manner.
*Distract from the game with bad behavior on the spectator's sideline.
These suggestions are offered in part by Positive Coaching Alliance, and when followed, will help to ensure and enjoyable experience for all involved.