Our four-year-old son scored his first goal in a soccer game last week. As a momma this was one proud moment for me. I glanced around as I cheered to see if everyone was as elated as I was. Both teams were cheering louder than I had heard them cheer during the game. His face lit up with pride as he realized he had actually kicked the ball into the goal. He went around giving a high five to anyone who would stick out a hand, which happened to be everyone on both teams. You see, not only had he scored his first goal, but he had also just scored a point for the opposing team. He was ecstatic and thankfully nobody took that joy away from him by pointing out it was the wrong goal.
In little league things can get pretty intense, usually because of the high emotions running through the parents. After all, we all have the best, fastest, coolest kids in the world. So I thought of some ways we can encourage our children to be good sports no matter the outcome of the game that they are playing and no matter what is being shouted at them from the sidelines.
5 good sportsman tips to encourage your children to use on the field
1. Always congratulate the other team. No matter win or lose, everyone tried his or her best.
2. If a player falls down, help them up! It doesn’t matter if the game is still going on. Show you care and give them a hand.
3. Never get mad at a teammate for making a mistake. Everyone will have a good and bad game at some point in his or her little league career. Remember there is no “I” in TEAM.
4. Play fair and follow the rules! Listen to your coaches and referees. Even if you don’t like what they are saying they are still your mentors.
5. And most importantly HAVE FUN!! Winning or losing doesn’t matter at the end of the day. What is important is that you try your hardest and you enjoy yourself.