Browse our dictionary apps today and ensure you are never again lost for words.
Sportsmanship in Action
Practical examples and lessons about sportsmanship in everyday life, both in and out of sports.
Sportsmanship can be affected by a few contributing factors such as the players' values and attitudes towards the sport and also the professional role models that are shown to the public. Role models in sport are expected to act in a moral and respectful way.  When elite sporting role models do not encourage sportsmanship this can also encourage people in society to act in similar ways to the athletes that they look up to and idolize. For example, if an individual looked up to an athlete who was drinking excessively, they may see this as acceptable behavior.  The direct correlation between sportsmanship and leadership is also considered to be another contributing factor.  Having a positive environment in your sporting team will therefore create good sportsmanship from the individuals. Having a positive leadership by the captains, coaches and supporters would then encourage a positive sporting environment. 
Being a respected athlete isn't just about having the most talent or the best skills. It's also about being a good sport and treating teammates, coaches, opponents, and game officials with respect. Showing good sportsmanship may seem difficult at times, but if you just remember to put your team first, you'll be on the right track.
Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Corbis, Veer, Science Photo Library, Science Source Images, Shutterstock, and