Honoring the Game

Honoring the Game

One important thing to work on when playing sports is Honoring the Game. To help you remember exactly what that means, think about respecting ROOTS. Each letter in ROOTS stands for an important part of good sportsmanship.

R - stands for Rules.

Rules keep the game fair. Play by the rules, even when you think you won’t get caught if you break them.

O - is for Opponents.

Without opponents, we could have no game. A good opponent pushes us to do our best, so we should be grateful for our opponents.

O - is for Officials.

Respecting officials can be the most difficult part of Honoring the Game. Officials have a very hard job, keeping the game safe and fair for both teams. Officials are not perfect (just like coaches, athletes and parents!) and sometimes they will make calls that are not in our favor, but it’s important to respect officials.

T - is for Teammates.

A big part of playing sports is being part of a team. When you are on a team, your words and actions – before, during and after practices and games – reflect not only on you, but also on your teammates and coaches. So treat them as you would want them to treat you. Encourage and support each other on and off the playing field.

S - is for Self.

Some people only Honor the Game when their opponents do, but you should Honor the Game no matter what the other team or its fans do. We set our own internal standards, and we live up to them no matter what.

If you do these five things, you are Honoring the Game. You and your teammates will get the most out of your season, and you will help advance the great traditions of your sport.

This blog provided by the Positive Coaching Alliance