Whenever playing in any type of sporting event you must always have respect for and show respect towards your opponents. The people that you are playing against are not your enemies and should be treated like any other person. Any person playing a sport should maintain morals and should not perform any disrespectful actions like spitting on or humiliating an opponent. Most sports assess some sort of penalty or foul for unsportsmanlike conduct during a game or match. It is always important to treat people the way you want to be treated so players should keep that in mind when performing questionable acts to their opponents. As a part of showing respect for your opponent, all players should shake hands and congratulate opponents after every game. Similar to what is taught to young children, players of all ages should show respect to opponents by shaking hands after each and every game.
Referees should be shown respect at all times before, during and after any sporting event. There is no reason any players or coaches should be disrespectful towards referees as there is no point due to the fact that calls cannot be reversed after they are already made. Referees are trying to do their job just as much as the next person and human error is a part of every sport so there is no reason to get angry at a referee or an official for a call that might be controversial. If you imagine yourself in the scenario of a referee or umpire, it is difficult and stressful, which makes it hard to get every single call correct. It is better to just keep any thoughts about referees to yourself as sometimes it will simply do more harm to you and your team than good.
In any sporting event, the coach should be seen as the boss of all the players. No worker would show disrespect to their boss and think that they would get away with it. The only difference with sports is instead of getting fired, the person would just get benched or kicked off the team if they disrespect their coach. Disrespecting the coach could include actions like not listening to something they say, saying bad things to/about him, ignoring something that they have said, or substituting themselves into the game. All these actions will make a coach angry and would almost automatically receive punishments. Respecting your coach is something that kids learn from a young age since they are usually older than the players and summon respect from them. Players should always listen to their coach no matter how outlandish of a request they ask since they are in charge and have all the power in regards to lineups and which players actually get into the game.
It's not a good idea to push yourself through pain or discomfort. Being an athlete requires you to have a long-term vision of your future-self. Getting the win is important, but your health and safety is always the most important rule. Never sacrifice yourself in sports if it means putting yourself or others in harm's way.
Players should always show respect to their teammates and never try to show them up. Any player's teammates are extremely important and the key to winning games. If a player were to treat their teammates with disrespect, will take offense to it and purposefully not pass to them or get along with them. Teamwork is the most important thing to winning and if teammates do not get along then the team chemistry will be disrupted, making it harder to win. If a player had to choose someone from this list to show the most respect to it should be teammates because that is the most important. Showing respect to your teammates includes showing up everyday and working your hardest and doing everything you can in order to win a game. Everyone has the same goal, which is to win, and if a player disrupts that mentality it will cause a rift in the chemistry that the team collectively has.
In order to be a top player, one must look towards their teammates in support to help them along the way. Being a team player does mean that someone should pass to everyone or let everyone get a chance to score, but instead it is what we call someone that does whatever the team needs. A team player will do anything that is necessary to help the team win. A team player is not necessarily the best person on the court or field. In fact it could be the last person off the bench. But that last person is doing that job because it is for the good of the team. A team player does not care about what they want when it comes to games, but instead thinks about what the team needs and incorporates that into their style of play. Team players are what push entire teams over the top into success. On the best teams, all the players are team players and they all will put the team's needs over their own.
During sports, any athlete is bound to make some sort of mistake during their career or fail when they need to succeed the most. When playing sports, players need to have a short term memory in order to succeed to the highest level. When a mistake is made or a player fails, the best thing that they can do is figure out what they could have done better, learn from that mistake, and forget about it. The best athletes learn from their mistakes and then do not worry about them because once an athlete is harping on their past mistakes, they have already failed again in their future. The advice that a lot of coaches give is once you fail, figure out what you could have done better to succeed, and then do that next time. Having a short term memory will make a player more confident and lead to more success in the future. There is no reason to get stuck in the past when you can only alter the future.
Sports, as well as life, are made up of small wins and moments. The small victories are what truly builds up to the final product and what leads to the bigger things that make people happy. For example, the small victories may be each win that a team earns in a season or each strikeout a pitcher can force. Whatever it is, the small victories are what secretly lead a team to a championship. That being said, those small victories should be celebrated no matter how small they may be. Those small victories can be used as confident boosters that could propel a team over the top and make them the best that they can be. The small victories that a team accomplishes may not be the things that everybody remembers but sometimes the most vital part of a team's overall success throughout a season or beyond.
Not only in sports, but throughout life, a person should always be pushing themselves to do the best work that they can do. There is no reason to only put half your effort into something when you could be trying your absolute hardest. Great things will happen if you were to push yourself in every aspect of life, but especially in sports, when you try your hardest, good things will come. Athletes that continue to professionally play sports are not only the best athletes in the world but they are also the hardest workers. They have the best work ethic and even if they feel that they are overmatched on a specific night, athletes should never feel like they have been outworked by their opponent. Effort is the only thing that a player can control so they should be pushing themselves to do better each and every day.
The reason people begin playing sports is because it is a lot of fun to play, watch, and be a part of every sport. Sports are amazing because they bring people of all different backgrounds together to work towards the same goal. As players get older, they usually lose the love and passion they have for a sport and focus it more towards winning. However, if a player is not genuinely having fun while playing a sport, it is a waste of time and not worth it. Professional athletes maintain the same love for their sports as they did in their youth and continue to grow their passion as they improve their game and rise to higher levels. Associating fun with sports should be instilled in our youth to make sure that they do not get too wrapped up in a game to prioritize anything else above having fun.
At the completion of a sporting event or match, athletes should always keep these rules in mind and no matter the result of the game, all players should leave with class. If a team wins, players should not showboat or try to embarrass the other team but instead congratulate and shake hands with the opponent. If a team were to lose, they should not be upset, show angry emotion, or try to create excuses for the loss but should not accept it and congratulate the winning team. No matter the outcome of any game, players should continue to respect their teammates, coaches, opponents, and referees and should continue to show class during and especially after the game.