Sportsmanship involves enjoying the game with fairness, courtesy, and fellowship amongst the players and spectators. Sportsmanship takes place in many aspects of life, both in sports and in social interactions.
Senior Thalia Balderrama comments, “I think sportsmanship is important because it helps with teamwork and leadership skills. If you break sportsmanship rules, you don’t work well with your team.”
Sportsmanship is also about having good attitude and thinking positively. Team members root for each other, constantly encouraging their fellow teammates to do their best. Such encouragement is intended to push away the negative thoughts, leaving room for the positive aspects in competition. The positive attitude is contagious.
Senior Alexandra Tagami, member of the Speech and Debate team, states, “When you’re competing in something, just being a good sport can really improve the environment and the attitudes of those competing.”
Tagami has been to debate tournaments in which she sees sportsmanship from members of all schools as well as Mark Keppel. During tournaments, she would see competitors helping each other out or helping those who seemed inexperienced in the category. Although it is a competition, people do not take advantage of others’ lack of experience.
Junior Melinda Meyers, captain of the junior varsity girls’ tennis team, shows the same attitude with her experience in tennis games. After each set, opponents shake hands despite victory or loss, keeping in mind that the important part is that they played a good game with no hard feelings. If there are hard feelings, they are concealed by ethical behavior.
Meyers says, “During games, we give compliments to each other and to those we are playing against. We try to make games as fun as possible but at the same time, win. At the end of the whole game, we call good game for the other team, whether we lost or not. It’s important to carry out good sportsmanship.”