Why do I have to be a “good sport” when I lose a game?

Sports games, board games, and competitions—such as spelling bees and gymnastics competitions—always have winners and losers. When you agree to play a game you have to prepare yourself for the fact that you may not win. If you can see the game as a way to improve your own skills and to have fun, you may even be able to admire (and learn from) the talent of the person who beats you and congratulate him or her. After all, it’s only a game.So remember that when you play a game, the object is not to win, but to participate well. Play fairly, with courtesy and respect for your teammates and opponents, and with your best effort. It is also important to show good behavior following the game, whether you win or lose (which is why many coaches have all teammates shake hands with or “high five” members of the opposite team post-game).


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