Sportsmanship Is An Expectation

That’s one of my all time favorite lines about sportsmanship.  I’m sure it’s been around for a while but I first saw it on a USASF ad a few years ago.

When I found out Monday was National Sportsmanship Day (right around 12:04pm that afternoon), I immediately thought of the ad and wanted to share it.  It took me all week to track it down but thanks to USASF board member, Karen Halterman (who never deletes anything from her computer) here it is:

USASF Sporstmanship
USASF Sportsmanship

Great message!  And it’s a perfect time to keep sportsmanship top of mind since we’re right in the middle of Nationals season with NCA HS Open Nationals this weekend, NDA Nationals for school dance teams next weekend, and all the other All Star championships still going on.

Also very fitting that Monday was National Sportsmanship Day (even if I didn’t know about it at first) with all the opportunities to practice good sportsmanship.  But I wondered how many out there might not have known about NSD… I know I sure didn’t.  So I thought I’d use this post to encourage everyone to spread the word about good sportsmanship for the rest of the month.  Don’t let it stop with just one day!

Here’s a challenge for you: commit to performing at least one act of good sportsmanship this month.

Doesn’t matter whether you get your whole team to do something or if you act alone – just get out there and spread the love!  Competing this weekend?  You could simply wish other teams good luck in the practice room.   Still cheering at a state basketball tournament?  Walk over and shake hands with the other cheerleaders before the game.

Or if you’re trying out next week you could even help someone next to you at the clinic learn the words of the tryout cheer.

And feel free to share your good deed – you can throw it down in the comments section here on BTM or post on NCA’s facebook page, NDA’s facebook page, or @NCA_NDA_Updates on twitter.  All Stars you can also email your story to the USASF as well at for a chance to be their featured team!

If you’re competing with NCA this month, you could even get one of these new Sportsmanship pins for your efforts!

Keeping with the sportsmanship theme, here are some GREAT reads for you to check out:

Sportsmanship: Setting the Standard

I Hope You Lose – A Note by Justin Carrier

Megan from Cheer Coach and Advisor was at NCA/NDA All-Star Nationals last weekend and wrote an awesome first person account about witnessing teams and coaches “setting the standard” in sportsmanship.  And if you haven’t yet, you have to read the note on lessons taught by losing with grace by NCA All-Star VP, Justin Carrier.  A definite must read!

Remember… “One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.” – Knute Rockne

So get out there and make it happen this month!  Have a happy Friday and a great weekend, until next time…

– TT

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