What is sportsmanship, and why is it important?

Research Questions

  1. What is sportsmanship?

  2. How can we support it?

  3. Why is it important?

  4. What are the effects?

  5. Who is affected?

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Summary of Research

Sportsmanship is an important quality in everyday life. The article, “Sportsmanship” from University of the Pacific states that, “A "good sport" is fair, courteous, has a positive attitude and accepts results gracefully.” This is a perfect example of the qualities a sportsman should have. The reason this is important is because it shows respect and gives you something to live by. WIAA, or the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, said,“Opponents are guests and should be treated cordially, provided with the best accommodations, and accorded tolerance at all times. Be a positive representative of your school, team, or family.” . What this is saying is there is no contest without an opponent. Everyone can benefit from sportsmanship, whether it’s on a football field or not. Kid says, “Football players shaking hands after four quarters of knocking each other around. Tennis players leaping over the net to shake hands with their opponents after a hard-fought match. Soccer players exchanging jerseys after an intense 90 minutes. Even boxers touching gloves at the beginning of each round, then hugging each other after beating each other into a pulp for 12 rounds.” These are just a few examples of true sportsmanship. While this is an important quality, it is very hard to teach. Some people are born with respect, while others struggle with it. Overall, sportsmanship, respect, and a positive attitude are very important values in life. They each play a role in everyday life, and need to be encouraged by everyone.


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"Sportsmanship - Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association." 2013. 27 Apr. 2015 <>

"Sportsmanship - Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association." 2013. 27 Apr. 2015 <>