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Hustle & Sportsmanship


Good sportsmanship occurs when teammates, opponents, coaches, and officials treat each other with respect. Our students learn the basics of sportsmanship from the adults and teachers in their lives, especially their parents, teachers, and coaches. Students who see adults behaving in a sportsmanlike way gradually come to understand that the real winners in sports are those who know how to persevere and to behave with dignity — whether they win or lose a game.
Good sportsmanship includes both small gestures and heroic efforts. It starts with something as simple as shaking hands with opponents before a game and includes acknowledging good plays made by others and accepting bad calls gracefully. Displaying good sportsmanship is not always easy: It can be tough to congratulate the opposing team after losing a close or important game. But the students who learn how to do it will benefit in many ways.
Students who bully or taunt others on the playing field are not likely to change their behavior when in the classroom or in social situations. In the same way, a child who practices good sportsmanship is likely to carry the respect and appreciation of other people into every other aspect of life.

Here are some suggestions on how to build sportsmanship:

  • Express words of encouragement, not directions.
  • Keep your comments positive. Do not bad-mouth friends, coaches, players, or game officials. 
  • After a competition, it's important not to dwell on who won or lost. Instead, try to focus on, "How you felt you performed during the game?" Pay attention to things within you control instead of those out of your control. If you feel weak at a particular skill, like throwing or catching,  work on it before the next game.
  • Applaud good plays no matter who makes them.
  • Set a good example with your courteous behavior towards players on the other team. Congratulate them on their efforts.
  • Understand the situation. It's just a game. Even if the team loses every game of the season, it will not ruin your life or chances of success in the future.
  • Look for examples of good sportsmanship in professional athletes and point them out to your family and friends. Talk about the bad examples, too, and why they upset you.
  • Finally, do not forget to have fun. Even if you are not the star, enjoy the game, new skills, new friends, and attitudes that can help all through life.


Putting a lot of effort into an activity and working hard from start to finish. Students who hustle will usually see more improvement then students who choose not to apply a lot of effort. When students work hard they will often feel better about themselves and the activity.