Character, integrity, moral fiber, no matter what you call it, it’s a beneficial characteristic for all people. Character is defined as a person’s mental and moral qualities, but it goes even a bit deeper than that. Character is the ability to choose a path, even when it’s more difficult, scarier, or may lose you an advantage over someone else. Choosing not to take the playbook of the other team, deliberately pitching to hit a home-run batter, or returning trash talk can be a very difficult decision to make, especially in the heat of a competitive game.

Coaches can help kids to make decisions that support good character development.

Being a good role model. Children copy the adults in their lives. A coach who doesn’t respect others, plays dirty, or constantly argues with referees isn’t setting the best example for his team.

Making sportsmanship a part of everyday practice. As an authority figure, a coach has a big influence over his team’s outlook and actions. By emphasizing sportsmanship in practices and during friendly games, when the difficult, high-stakes matches comes along, kids won’t have to consider whether or not they want to be sportsmanlike.

Speaking respectfully. Along with embodying sportsmanship and behaving like a good role model, teaching kids how to speak respectfully to others can help them to learn a language of sports that is courteous and friendly.

At SportsTyme, we believe in the power of sports to build good character. Our coaches all undergo a thorough background check. Many are teachers and all are people with extensive coaching and/or childcare experience.  SportsTyme coaches help kids to learn the benefits of sportsmanship and interpersonal relationships, on and off the field.