What is sportsmanship?
According to Webster, sportsmanship is "fair play, respect for opponents, and the gracious behavior in winning and losing"
Good sportsmanship is when teammates, opponents, coaches, and officials treat each other with respect. Kids learn the basics of sportsmanship from the adults in their lives, especially their parents and their coaches. Kids who see adults behaving in a sportsmanlike way gradually come to understand that the real winners in sports are those who know how to persevere and to behave with dignity - whether they win or lose a game. This is one of the most difficult of life's lessons for kids to learn. Everyone wants to win the game, otherwise, why would we even play them. It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you win or lose that defines your sportsmanship.
Sportsmanship at ESSA
The EastSide Soccer Association wants to stress the importance of sportsmanship and how important it is to the development of our young players. "Winning isn't everything" is the message ESSA wishes it's parents and kids to take away from the game of soccer. Let's teach our kids good sportsmanship, how to be a good winner and a good loser and let's have fun playing and watching the world's most popular sport. We owe it to our kids.
No tolerance policy
ESSA has a NO TOLERANCE POLICY in regards to poor sportsmanship. Incidents of poor sportsmanship will be reviewed and handled on a one to one basis by the executive board. ESSA reserves the right to prohibit any child and/or parent who cannot be a good sport from participating in the club.