Paper Three: Sportsmanship
According to Feezell (2004), sports is all about the game itself. Participating in sports is about having fun, learning together as a team, and developing good sportsmanship. Feezell (2004) stated that sportsmanship is important because In this context I believe it is relevant to think about the value of sportsmanship. Sports have a prevalent place in American culture life, as well as in numerous foreign countries. Spectator sports set attendance records, yet crowd behavior is often atrocious. More adults participate today in sports with differing degrees of seriousness. Vast number of young people play sports, coming of age morally as they devote a large amount of time to their athletic endeavors. Impressive claims are made about the role of sports in the development of character and how important sports are as a preparation for later competitive life. It should be important to understand what it means to be a good sport. Parents often stress to their children that the importance of being a good sport, but it is not apparent what that means. (p. 281) Sportsmanship does not mean only taking part in sports and playing the game in conformity with the rules prescribed, but also playing the game of life on the playing fields. Good sportsmanship is being able to respect all aspects of a sport or an event. It is where a player can stand tall after just being defeated or when a winning opponent is calm, not hurtful or wild on the losing side. Players get fouled all the time and a referee does not always call or see it, but that player who does not retaliate and not let it interfere with their focus demonstrates good sportsmanship. An athlete showing good sportsmanship also shows leadership and gives something for scouts to recognize. Students are always talking about going to this college and that college wanting to play sports or be in a club. What some of these competitors do not realize is that scouts or recruiting services look not only at your abilities but also look at your leadership or sportsmanship conduct. Sportsmanship consists of working in full agreement with others. A true sportsman is one who observes all those rules in life which he has been taught to observe in games. Usually those who play games develop into true sportsmen because their characters are molded by the training they are given on the field. Sportsmen are sportsmen whether they are in the dugout or on the bench, on the field, or in “real life” working with someone. Have you ever been to a sporting event and seen an athlete get fouled, but the referee did not call it, so the opponent fouled goes and fouls him back? Athletes feel if the referee does not call it, then it must be ok and then they go around doing it to other opponents. We see it in all the sports out there that we watch or play. I know that I see this always happening in soccer matches. I will see a player push or use his shoulder or even hold or bite his opponent and a referee does not always call or see it happening. This isn’t good sportsmanship. Fairness, honesty, integrity, openness of heart and frankness- -these are the qualities that a sportsman must display in life. One should not practice deception, should not bluff, should not cheat others and should indulge in diplomacy or humility. A sportsman never takes undue advantage of the weakness of his adversary nor does he hit below the belt. In games the players have to obey their captain and yield to him on points on which they are in disagreement with him. They must have the fullest confidence in him. In life, too, a sportsman yields to his superior even if he does not agree with him. Respect for discipline is an essential part of sportsmanship. Team spirit is another important element of sportsmanship. In games the various players must cooperate with one another if they wish to win a match. Without mutual co-operation success is impossible. Similarly in whatever sphere of life one may be,...
References: Feezel, R. M. (2004). Sportsmanship. In R. M. Feezel, Sport, Play and Ethical Reflection (p. 83-96). Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
Pearson, K. M. (1973). Deception, Sportmanship and Ethics. National Association of Physical Education , 115-118.
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