Monday, October 06, 2008

The Importance of Being a Good Sport

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 being a member of a team is?'

The little boy nodded in the affirmative.

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

The little boy nodded yes.

'So,' the coach went on: 'I'm sure you know, when a decision is called against you, you shouldn't argue, curse, attack the umpire, or call him a stupid ****** idiot. Do you understand all that?

Again the little boy nodded.

He continued: 'And when I take you out of the game so another boy gets a chance to play, it's really not good sportsmanship to call your coach 'a dumb @#$%& !!! '… is it?

Again the little boy nodded.

'Good … now go over there and explain all that to your grandmother.'

Source: Thanks to BH.

Dr Geoff Pound