Sample Script for Honoring the Game
In all of the online courses and live, group workshops that Positive Coaching Alliance presents nationwide for youth and high school sports leaders, coaches, parents and student-athletes, we explain the concept of “Honoring the Game.” To help us remember exactly what that means, we will talk about respecting ROOTS. Each letter in ROOTS stands for an important part of our sport that we must respect.
One important thing we will work on all season is Honoring the Game. To help us remember exactly what that means, we will talk about respecting ROOTS. Each letter in ROOTS stands for an important part of our sport that we must respect.
R stands for Rules. Rules keep the game fair. I want you to play by the rules, even when you think you won’t get caught if you break them.
O is for Opponents. Without opponents, we could have no game. A good opponent pushes us to do our best, so we should be grateful for our opponents. I promise that I will show respect for opposing coaches and teams, and I expect you to do the same.
O is for Officials. Respecting officials can be the most difficult part of Honoring the Game. Officials have a very hard job, keeping the game safe and fair for both teams. Officials are not perfect (just like coaches, athletes and parents!) and sometimes they will make calls that are not in our favor, but I want you to show respect for officials, and I promise that I will, too.
T is for Teammates. A big part of playing our sport is being part of a team. Later in life you will often be part of a team, and it is important to learn to work together. When you are on a team, your words and actions – before, during and after practices and games – reflect not only on you, but also on your teammates and coaches. So treat them as you would want them to treat you. I want you to encourage and support each other on and off the playing field.
S is for Self. Some people only Honor the Game when their opponents do, but I want us to Honor the Game no matter what the other team or its fans do. We set our own internal standards, and we live up to them no matter what.
If you do these five things, you are Honoring the Game. You and your teammates will get the most out of your season, and you will help advance the great traditions of the sport.
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