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Champ Value Week 2: Sportsmanship

posted Oct 10, 2011, 7:38 PM by Ray Hughes   [ updated Oct 10, 2011, 8:17 PM ]

Week 2 (Oct 10)- "Sportsmanship" - Every Champ Has Fun and Helps Others Have Fun

Story of the Week:

Being a good sport By: Larry Dierker

When I was a kid playing baseball, we used to say a pledge before each game that helped us remember the things that were most important in life and that we each played a part in helping the game of baseball be fun for everyone. This is the pledge we recited before every game:

"I trust in God.

I love my country and respect its laws.

I will play fair and strive to win

But, win or lose I will strive to do my best."

I still remember this pledge and believe it is very important for each person involved in Dierker's Champs to be committed to these values. Take a moment before games or practices to say the pledge together with your team.

Question of the Week:

What is the definition of a sportsmanship?

Champ of the Week

Coaches, celebrate a way you have seen someone on the team embodied the virtue of sportsmanship.  Talk about a way on your team that sportsmanship is important.  Award the player(s) who have embodiedthis value as "Champ of the Week".

Close by having a player or a coach lead the team in a prayer that your team will practice sportsmanship by helping each other both on and off the field.

Additional ideas to discuss:

Practicing Good Sportsmanship

So what does it take to demonstrate good sportsmanship in real-life situations? Here are some examples of things you can do:

  • Learn as much as you can about your sport. Play by its rules. Show up for practice, work hard, and realize that on a team, everyone deserves a chance to play.
  • Talk politely and act courteously toward everyone before, during, and after games and events. That includes your teammates, your opponents, your coaches and their coaches, the officials presiding over the game, and even spectators (who can sometimes be loud about their opinions).
  • Stay cool. Even if others are losing their tempers, it doesn't mean you have to. Remind yourself that no matter how hard you've practiced and played, it is, after all, just a game.
  • Avoid settling disputes with violence. If you're in a difficult situation or someone's threatening you, seek help immediately from your coach or from an official. Remember, too, that if you respond with violence you could get penalized, which could hurt your chances of winning.
  • Cheer your teammates on with positive statements — and avoid trash-talking the other team.
  • Acknowledge and applaud good plays, even when someone on the other team makes them.
  • When officials make a call, accept it gracefully even if it goes against you. Remember that referees may not be right every time — but they're people who are doing their best, just as you are.
  • Whether you win or lose, congratulate your opponents on a game well played.

These devotionals are designed to build upon the core values that help create a great team as well as provide each player with tools to help them mature and grow spiritual.  The idea is to build upon core values that transcend all sports and life.  So that one day when a player walks off the field for the last time he or she has gained far more from the game than just playing it.

Each week there is one core value to discuss with your team.

       1)     First share the value with the players and ask them what that means to them.  Get input from all players.   

       2) Then provide the definition of the word (from Webster’s dictionary). 

       3) We then want to share a story or personal experience (ideally baseball related) relating to the core value.  

       4)     Share with the players the scripture verse that relates this core value.

Emphasize this value in practice as well as games for that week.  As the season goes on, reinforce the core values discussed in past weeks as you introduce new ones.