We at the VYSL understand that soccer is great way of showing kids the benefits of discipline and teamwork! Before a VYSL soccer game, parents can remind kids about the value of good sportsmanship. Team sports help our children with effective social skills as they develop and mature into young men and women. VYSL recommends all our families guide our children into having positive experiences while playing indoor or outdoor soccer. Here are just a few tips we recommend reading to your children as they learn and enjoy this wonderful sport!
Principles of Good Sportsmanship
Be a good winner (not bragging and taunting the losers; providing supportive feedback to the losers)
Be a good loser (congratulating the winner; not blaming others for the loss)
Show respect to other team mates, players and to the referees
Show encouragement and offer help to other players who may be not be as skilled as you
Work out your conflicts without trying to involve the teacher
Opening the Lines of Communication with Our Youth
Brainstorm with your children before VYSL indoor/outdoor soccer practice on ways they can support one another and apply these principles. During a game, give kids the chance to put these principles into action before you intervene in conflicts. Encourage and applaud good sportsmanship. If they don’t sort things out themselves after a couple of minutes, you can always guide them back to the following principles of good sportsmanship. After a VYSL game, be sure to give kids positive feedback on their good sportsmanship skills.
A Closer Look at Sportsmanship by VYSL
In an experimental study of urban American elementary school students, some kids got the treatment described above. Kids were briefed on good sportsmanship at the beginning of every gym class. And, after every game, adults gave each team a score reflecting its overall good sportsmanship. What came of it was compared to kids attending regular gym classes. What the experimental study showed was that the kids who received explicit training in good sportsmanship showed greater leadership capabilities and conflict resolution skills. And the lessons appeared to have spilled over into regular life, because the kids also showed similar improvements within their classroom setting.