by Greg Hudson
I recently read an article in the fundamentals newsletter from Play Positive, sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance, entitled “Gracious in Victory and Defeat”. We hear this phrase all the time, but rarely see it practiced. Sure, college teams line up to shake hands or give high fives after most games, but how many of them actually practice the concept of truly being gracious in victory or in defeat.
Those people are few and far between, so where does one learn to become “Gracious in Victory and Defeat?" In my opinion, it starts at the lowest levels of play, where the parents and coaches of youth sports can, and should make a difference in the lives of young people.
It should make no difference if the team has the most talent or the least talent, each player should be taught the fundamentals of the game. No, not the fundamental skills associated with the sport such as hitting, running, throwing, or shooting, because those skills are normally taught. I am talking about the more important skills of giving your best effort and treating every player, coach, and official with respect.
We all know that young players learn from their parents, coaches, and officials actions. We have also heard that actions speak louder than words, however, keep in mind that words are actions, and you can have a positive or negative effect on all those around you through those words and actions.
So as you watch, coach, or officiate during this upcoming sports season please keep in mind that people are watching you and your actions, especially young people. Take a leadership role in the lives of the youth in our county and set the example by being “Gracious in Victory and Defeat”.
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