HPYBA 2009-2010

Sportsmanship Essay Contest Winners


Joel Miranda



††††††††††† According to Merriam-Websterís dictionary, sportsmanship is defined as: conduct (as fairness, respect for one's opponent, and graciousness in winning or losing) becoming to one participating in a sport. This definition describes a lot, but to me, there is so much more emotion that comes into play. It is looking across the court at your opponent and being enemies for the duration of the game, and then when the final buzzer sounds, to look at them again and see that they are just regular people. An example was this year, while playing basketball for my school, there was an opponent who would continually trash talk while the game was going on. Towards the end of the game, we were leading by nine and before a foul shot he came up to me and said, ďCongratulations, you played a good game,Ē this struck me how someone would view you as an enemy and then change at the end of the game.

††††††††††† Bad sportsmanship though, sticks in your head more than good sportsmanship does. In another basketball game that I played, my team was leading by three and the other team made what seemed like a three pointer at the buzzer when the referee ruled that his foot was on the line and my team won. But the kid who made the shot refused to line up and say good game because he felt that he had won the game.

††††††††††† Overall, what sportsmanship means to me is that at the end of the day, win or lose, you not only gave your best effort, but that you were deferential in the way that you handled yourself on the court, field, rink or just life in general. Sportsmanship is something that we should all remember when competing in any activity that we do.


Damion Martin-Bostick

The Importance of Sportsmanship.


Sportsmanship to me is how you act whether you lose or win. To me having good sportsmanship toward teammates is when someone on your team does a good play then you tell them good job. But even if they have a bad play you tell them itís alright, do better on the next play. If you yell at teammates saying that they did a bad job, itís going to make them feel even worse. Thatís why you tell them itís alright so that they go back and try to do better the next time. Another way to show sportsmanship to your teammates is when youíre on the bench and cheer for them while they are in the game to give encouragement.


Respect towards your opponents is like after winning or losing a game, going to them and telling them good game and shaking hands.Another example is telling them good job on a play if they do something good, even though they are on the other team. Another way that the two teams show sportsmanship to each other is after the game, when both of the teams line up and give each other a sportsmanship exchange and say good game.


Respecting the officials in the game is never arguing with them if you believe they made a bad call. So instead of yelling and arguing with them and telling them that they called it wrong will not help and will just lead to getting a technical foul, which does not help you or your team. You should just walk away and get the ball back on the defensive end.


Thatís how I would describe being an individual with good sportsmanship towards your teammates, opponents, your coach, and the officials of the game. That is also how I show my sportsmanship.