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Are You a Bad Sport?

Your kids learn a lot from how you behave on the sidelines. Take our quiz -- be honest -- and find out where you stand.

1. How important is it to you that your child’s team win any particular game?

A. Very important
B. Not important

2.How important is it to you that your child avoid playing poorly?

A. Very important
B. Not important

3.Say you have invested a significant amount of time and money into your child’s sport – how likely are you to make sure he plays regardless of disappointing you with poor behavior off the field, such as failing grades, disrespectful attitudes, etc.?

A. Likely
B. Not likely

4.Are you likely to insist that your child play even if he complains on several (more than a few) occasions of injury, tiredness or not having fun?

A. Likely
B. Not likely

5.At a typical game or practice, how likely is it that you will find yourself talking angrily or getting upset at coaches, parents or players?

A. Likely
B. Not likely

6.At a typical game, do you find yourself frequently disliking the coaches, players or parents of the other team?

A. Likely
B. Not likely

7.Are you more likely to root for your child when he wins, as opposed to expending a high level of effort?

A. Likely
B. Not likely

8.How likely are you to blame your child when his team loses?

A. Likely
B. Not likely

9.Do you find yourself frequently “sticking up” for your child for play that occurred on the field by taking these incidents up with other parents, coaches or players?

A. Frequently
B. Not frequently

10.  How likely are you to be upset if your child plays horribly, while having a good time?
    
A. Frequently
B. Not frequently


"If you selected the A answer to 5 or more of these questions, you should be seriously concerned about your sideline behavior,” says sports psychologist Dan Wann, co-author of Sport Fans: The Psychology and Social Impact of Spectators, who helped generate this quiz. Wann, who used the principles he identified during his own scientific research (subjected to peer review and publication), says that these questions are aimed at the root of unsportsmanlike behavior.


Also in this series:

Is Sportsmanship Dead?


Keeping Sports Fun for Kids

The Sport Parent Code of Conduct

 

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