Professional athletes, by their very actions, can either be a tremendous role model or an example of bad behavior. Teaching children how to act is the responsibility of parents and coaches, while good behavior is the responsibility of the child, regardless of age. Children need to be taught that unlike some professional athletes, it is NOT alright to throw equipment in anger. It is NOT alright to question an official. It is NOT alright to criticize your teammate for a poor play. And it is NOT alright to cheat to win a game. After all, it is a game. It is okay to feel the sting of a loss, but it is unacceptable to win at all costs. The character, integrity, and reputation of that child begins with youth sports, and habits will stay with that person throughout their life. If we teach and implement lessons of sportsmanship, respect toward opponents and officials, and a healthy desire for competition, we have taught these young players how to act in ANY competitive environment, be it school, relationships, the playing field, or their career.
Click on this link to view the Gold Crown Sportsmanship Guidelines/Expectations