The early formative years is the time in sports that character is built. Coaches are chosen for their ability to build teams that win, yet ethics of fair play and sportsmanship are important whether on either end of winning or losing. Sometimes, the first string of starters get blown out of a game. A coach can keep the starters in, or give the second string the chance to prove themselves. It may look like the coach has given up and let the benchwarmers play. But, in the face of overwhelming odds against you, every benchwarmer’s character and attitude to show what they can really do shows up and outscores the higher rated opposition. Win or lose, the ethics of sportsmanship counts.
As in most areas of life, there is a “code of ethics” that coaches all know and understand. The hope is always that their character has developed in a way that would handle the circumstances with more class and integrity…. Credits: Playing with class should be priority even in blowout games on highest levels – azcentral.com