Importance of Sportsmanship

When it comes sports, one of the major issues discussed is sportsmanship. The issues of sportsmanship deals with how players handle themselves during the game and after the game as well. As far as shaking hands after the game, I believe that players should be encouraged to do this. It shows respect for the game and the other team as competitors. Sportsmanship can go beyond the court or field of play, and can show someones character. In article on foxnews, it details a story of outstanding sportsmanship. An Ohio runner helped a struggling competitor finish a race and has been praised for her actions. It states, “Arlington High School sophomore Arden McMath, whose body was giving out, had Vogel put McMath’s arm around her shoulders, half-dragging and half-carrying her about 30 meters to the finish line”. McMath was so grateful about the action, but more shocked than anything and did not think something like that would happen. This just shows that sometimes being a good sport can have a greater impact than winning the game or competition.

I think it is different when it comes to pro sports, because that is a situation when grown men or women are competing against each other at the highest level. I still think there should be some sportsmanship, but forcing teams to line up and shake hands is not as big of a deal. Rick Reilly wrote an article for ESPN and stated, “We live in a world where Peyton Manning walks off the Super Bowl field without shaking anybody’s hand. Where Tiger Woods leaves the Masters without a word of thanks to the fans or congratulations to the winner”. He makes a good point, but at the same time we never see an outcry from the public about this or anybody being highly upset about their actions.

 

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/06/06/track-star-hailed-for-sportmanship-after-helping-struggling-competitor-across.html

http://www.espn.com/espn/news/story?id=5218228

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Should Kids Get Participation Trophies?

When it comes to the issue of kids getting participation trophies I do not believe they should continue to get them just for playing a sport. While it might encourage kids to go out more for sports, there is a more negative long term effect. Giving kids something just because they participated or tried, is giving them a false sense of accomplishment and achievement. When James Harrison took his two sons participation trophies away, it was in the news and made headlines. According to an article on USA today, his response was “I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best.” I agree with him and believe that when raising kids, people should instill a work ethic and the harsh truth that in life sometimes doing your best is simply not good enough. The society we are in today is one that is filled with people that believe they are entitled to certain things and that just showing up will get them some sort of success. This is not the world we live in and when these children get into the work environment eventually, they will be faced with the fact that everything is a competition and them just participating will not always be good enough. According to a  Reason-Rupe poll on nypost.com from last year it found that 57 percent of people think only winning players should get trophies. This is showing that people in society have began to change their viewpoint in regards to trophies and do not see it as necessary.

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/steelers/2015/08/17/james-harrison-kids-trophies-entitlement-culture/31870883/

http://nypost.com/2015/08/17/stop-giving-trophies-for-just-showing-up/

What Sport should CSC add?

I think that Chadron State College should add women’s soccer. Soccer is not very expensive to add and the team would be small so scholarships would not hurt the school athletic budget. Soccer is a sport that many people enjoy watching and would bring more fans to the Chadron State athletic program. The scholarships that soccer gives out are not full and only cover about 10 players and they are not all full rides. This would make recruiting people to Chadron difficult but according NCAA.org the partial schoalrship model actually can generate revenue for the school and they did a study that showed adding women’s soccer in particular increases ethnic and geographic diversity among students. I think this can play a big role in adding money to the school, but also bringing more interest to the college and people will want to come.

The fact that soccer is an outdoor sport is important, because right now Chadron only has football and softball as the two sports, with one being in the fall and one in the spring. Adding soccer could help interest a wider viewing audience and I believe that interest from the community is there. Chadron currently has more women’s teams than men, but the amount of men athletes is greater than the amount of women.

http://www.ncaa.org/about/division-ii-partial-scholarship-model

Steroids in the Baseball Hall of Fame

When it comes to players who have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs being considered for the Hall of Fame, there is many factors that go into it. I think that the fact that Major League Baseball was so far behind in the testing process for PED’s that some of the blame lies on them. I do believe that players who have had a positive test should be allowed in the Hall of Fame and a whole career should not be tarnished because of a positive test. Some Hall of Fame voters are convinced that the period known as the steroid era should be used against certain players. The fact that the MLB started its strict testing so late, there was a strong chance that players who played in the steroid era used and did not get caught. For example, an article on USA Today Ted Berg says, “Some voters have said, quite reasonably, that they will vote for players from baseball’s so-called Steroid Era but not those who have been found guilty of cheating”. I think this definitely makes sense, but there is such a gray area that they have no idea who actually used and who just got caught. The Hall of Fame is in place to honor great players and those that were able to do something special during their career. In an article on bleacher report by Nick Caso, he details and makes a case for Barry Bonds being inducted. He states that Bonds was a hall of famer before the steroids and this is probably true because he was the first player ever with 400 home runs and 400 stolen bases. I think that baseball is trying to use certain players as an example and to prove a point, but most of the responsibility lies on them in the first place and now they are trying to save face.

References:

4 reasons the Baseball Hall of Fame should include steroids users

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/661176-mlb-is-it-time-to-let-steroid-users-into-the-hall-of-fame

 

 

Is Cheer leading a sport?

This is the post excerpt.

The debate about whether cheer leading was a sport did not offer too many differing opinions. The overall feeling was that competitive cheer is a sport, meanwhile sideline cheer is not. One article I read on teenink.com gave support for why it is a sport and one thing that stood out to me was that it said regarding competitive cheer that  “It is a physical activity that is governed by rules under which a winner can be declared and its primary purpose is to compare the skills of participants”. To me this is the basic foundation of a sport and people often underestimate the amount of physical activity that cheer requires. They put in a lot of practice time and training just like other sports, and sometimes the risk of injury can be greater depending on the type of cheer they are doing. In an article on livestrong.com they detailed some of the required physical tasks. For example it states, “at the University of Alabama: all cheerleaders, at the very minimum, must to be able to do a standing back handspring and a standing back tuck, which is a flip with no hands”. This is an interesting fact and something I believe a lot of people overlook. I have been an athlete my whole and train year round, but could not even come close to doing this. I think that a main reason why cheer is not seen as sport by some people, is simply due to the fact that what they see is mostly sideline cheer and girls just standing on the field or court cheering for players. The competitive side of cheer is not very well known by the general public and does not get a lot of notice by the casual sports fan.

References:

http://www.teenink.com/nonfiction/sports/article/15172/Cheerleading-is-a-Sport/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/435894-reasons-why-cheerleading-is-a-sport/