Lessons in Sportsmanship

At one point during a game, the coach called one of his 9-year-old players aside and asked, "Do you understand what cooperation is? What a team is?"

"Yes, sir," the youngster answered.

"Do you understand that what matters is whether we win or lose together as a team?"

"Yes, sir," the player confirmed.

"So," the coach continued, "I'm sure you know, when an out is called, you shouldn't argue, curse, attack the umpire, or call him a peckerhead. Do you understand all that?"

"Yes, sir," the boy admitted.

He continued, "And when I take you out of the game so another boy gets a chance to play, it's not good sportsmanship to call your coach 'a dumb butt', is it?"

"No, sir," the boy said, starting to look embarrassed.

"Good," said the coach. "Now go over there and explain all that to your father!"

Posted April 11, 2016

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