Being a good sport means several things, including following the rules, being a polite winner, accepting defeat with dignity, and being friendly regardless of the outcome! Everybody likes to win, but that doesn’t mean it’s nice to gloat about it. With any game, the most important thing to remember is that winning and losing aren’t as important as playing your best, having fun, getting exercise, practicing your skills, and being friendly with the other athletes.
Being a Courteous Winner
Win the right way.
Don’t gloat. One of the most important things about being a good winner is not gloating or bragging when you do win. The other participants are aware that you won! You don’t have to rub it in. Avoid saying things like:
“Haha I won and you lost!”
“I kicked your butt!”
“You’ll never do that again!”
Be polite to the other participants. Remember that the other participants just lost, and they need some encouragement right now. They don’t need you being rude, because they may already be feeling sad that they lost.
Being kind and polite to your opponents applies at all times, including before, during, and after the competition. Even if you think you’ll beat them, or just won, you still have to be nice.
This means no ‘put downs’ and no making fun!
Compliment your opponent. Part of being a good winner means appreciating your opponents’ efforts and skills, and you can show this by complimenting them. Imagine how you’d feel if you just lost.
For instance, you can say something like, “You ran a good race or that was a good throw.”
At the end of the game, whether you won or lost, you can tell your opponents “well done!”
You can also do this in the middle of the competition. If one of your opponents has a good throw, jump or run, say something nice about it.