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Good Sportsmanship

Is your child a good sport or a sore loser? Find advice that will help your child develop as a team player and respectful opponent on the playing field and in life.

Anger Management for Children in Sports

Anger Management for Children in Sports How You Can Help Your Budding Superstar Cope by Dr. Michael SimonThe referee at your 11-year-old son's soccer game has just given him a yellow card for making an unsportsmanlike tackle. Your kid goes ballistic and starts screaming at the ref. His tirade leads to a red card and ejection from the game. read more

Appropriate Coaching for Children's Sports Teams

Appropriate Coaching for Children's Sports Teams Is the Coach Pushing too Hard? 'Tis the season for wins and losses, cheers and jeers, jubilation and abject frustrationin the rink, in the gym, and on the playing field. While much has been made recently of parents' poor behavior on the sidelines, coaches also can lose perspective.Jim Thompson, Stanford M.B.A., sports author, and youth coach, founded the Positive Coaching Alliance after realizing that few coaches get any training on motivational and team-building skills. read more

Are You a Fan or a Fanatic?

When your child takes to the field, do you become a fan or a fanatic? Are you instilling the love of the game or the need to win? Check out this assessment to see how you score, and get activities and ideas to encourage good sportsmanship. read more

Athletic Son Getting More Attention

Parents must be careful not to allow their star athletes to consider themselves better or more deserving than others simply because they are exceptional in this one arena. read more

Basketball Coach Won't Let Boy Play

What can a parent do when the basketball coach won't let all members of the team play? read more

Be a Winner!

Be a Winner! There's nothing worse than a sore loser. Sore losers are considered whiners and bad sports. The worst kind of sore loser is one who goes around accusing everyone of cheating because he or she can't face the fact that they might not have played the game very well—or that maybe luck was not in the cards for them this time. It's best to accept the loss and try to figure out a better strategy for the next game. Or better yet, accept your loss and applaud the winner. read more

Dare to Play Fair

Dare to Play Fair When children play games, squabbles arise over the rules all the time. Depending on the age group, many kids are not likely to read the rules before starting the game. And there's nothing worse than having to break up a fistfight or slapfest when kids start to brawl. read more

Downplay Sibling Rivalry in Sports

Downplay Sibling Rivalry in SportsTry these tips for keeping sibling rivalries to a minimum in your family. DO read more

Fair Games

Children are asked to evaluate the fairness of a collection of games. read more

Gifted Kids and Competition

Competition -- whether in sports, academics, or the arts -- can show any person how to deal with both success and defeat. read more

Humiliated by Soccer Coach

Read what you should do when your child's coach uses humiliating penalties. read more

It's Not Whether You Win or Lose: Teaching Good Sportsmanship

It's Not Whether You Win or Lose: Teaching Good Sportsmanship Danger Zone Here are some comments not to tell your teen: “You've got to play your best; it's the championship, and the team's counting on you.” “If you play well, we'll be so proud of you.” “I've got ten bucks riding on you getting a home run.” read more

Let's Talk about Sportsmanship

Let's Talk about SportsmanshipTalking About Sportsmanship FOR AGES: Six and up THE SCENEEight-year-old Alissa's soccer team is just about to lose its big game when you see her shove one of her opponents. The referee removes her from the game, and she sits sulking on the sidelines. read more

Poor Sportsmanship

A parent asks our expert, "How would you handle a nine-year-old boy who is an incredibly talented baseball player but has a bad attitude?" read more

Positive Feedback in Sports

How can you keep your child grounded when he gets overly excited about his athletic performance, but still provide positive feedback? read more

Realistic Goals and Fun Keep Kids in Sports

Realistic Goals and Fun Keep Kids in Sports20 million kids register each year for youth hockey, football, baseball, soccer, and other competitive sports. The National Alliance for Sports reports that 70 percent of these kids quit playing these league sports by age 13. They never play them again. read more

Son Hates Failure, Loves Competition

It's sometimes hard for gifted kids to learn that they can't always win, and it's better if this lesson is learned early. read more

Teaching Good Sportsmanship

Teaching Good SportsmanshipTips for Parents "You don't win silver. You lose gold." That's the sour message of a sneaker advertisement that aired on TV during the Atlanta Olympics. Such omnipresent multimedia messages combined with a "winning is everything" philosophy embraced by increasing numbers of parents and coaches - makes it harder than ever for adults to teach kids that it's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game that's important. read more

What Shall We Play?

What Shall We Play? This might be the trickiest part of family game night—unless you've been playing for a while and have established the family favorites. The conflicts will arise if some family members prefer one game to another. There are a couple ways to be fair in your decision-making. It's all about avoiding conflict at this point. read more

When Good Kids Are Bad Sports

When Good Kids Are Bad SportsThe SceneEight-year-old Alissa's soccer team is just about to lose its big game when you see her shove one of her opponents. The referee removes her from the game, and she sits sulking on the sidelines.It's always upsetting to see your child behave like a bad sport. But you can turn these incidents into conversations about good sportsmanship. Give your child some time to cool off and then approach the subject in a neutral way. The Words You Need read more

When Parents Behave Badly at Kids' Sporting Events

When Parents Behave Badly at Kids' Sporting Events Jeff Leslie still remembers the little girl standing on the mound, trying to play ball. "She was pitching out there and all of a sudden she broke down crying," the volunteer president of the Jupiter-Tequesta Athletic Association recalls. "The coach went out to talk to her and she said, 'My dad is embarrassing me to death.'" read more

Why Most Kids Quit Sports

Why Most Kids Quit SportsTwenty million kids register each year for youth hockey, football, baseball,soccer, and other competitive sports. The National Alliance for Sportsreports that 70 percent of these kids quit playing these league sports byage 13 -- and never play them again. read more