My husband and I ALWAYS tell our kids that it's fine to get excited and be happy when you are winning, but also to be a good sport when you are losing! It's not all about winning, it's about the fun of the game! I know it's hard, but that's what I'm teaching them! LOL! I want them to be gracious no matter how they are doing - win or lose. We always tell them to do their best --- just doing their best is good enough!
We also tell them that we are proud of them no matter what, as long as they do their best and have fun - that's all that matters!
It's crazy how some parents get SO competitive in sports, even with the 3 and 4 year olds! it's insane! My hubby is assistant coach and had to take parents to the side and tell them to calm down or leave! I've had to do the same thing with the moms, I always tell them it's about having fun and playing as a team - not about who wins or loses!
This weekend both Chandler and Stephy had soccer games, we play through our local Parks & Rec. There are soccer teams that have children playing as young as 3 years old, that's when both our kids started playing! Obviously at that age if you can get them on the field you are lucky, LOL!
Anyways, this weekend we witnessed two parents get into a fist fight because the ref called a goal for a 3 year old that the other parents didn't think should have been a goal! SERIOUSLY, they are 3 years old for goodness sakes - if it's close to the goal - GIVE IT TO THEM!
What kind of example are they setting for their children and the others that are also there? What ever happen to teaching children about doing their best? Good sportsmanship? Being a good loser?
I've seen in in high school and professional sports as well, and I still think it's assanine! But these children are 3 and 4 years old!
People need to step back and THINK before they act! Not only are they setting a bad example but they are making a total fool of themselves in front of all the other parents!