Sportsmanship in the sport of fencing is an aspiration that the sport would be enjoyed for its own sake, with proper consideration for fairness, ethics, respect, and a sense of fellowship toward other competitors. As a parent, teaching kids to have good sportsmanship is a skill that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. For children participating in the sport of fencing there is always winner and a loser. It’s our responsibility as parents and coaches to teach kids how to handle success and failures.

Winning and Losing Gracefully

For instance; when a young fencer finishes a competition and prepares for awards, it’s important that he or she is familiar with the entire process. Not every child is going to receive a medal and they need to be aware of that reality. Some children might win numerous medals and would be on top of the podium a lot of times. These athletes need to carry out good sportsmanship to the best of their ability. They should congratulate their competitors during awards and accept their medal and or trophies with dignity and respect for their competitors as well as their teammates. Teaching children to congratulate their fellow competitors at a young age regardless of winning, losing or ranking status, is training them to have and to show good sportsmanship.

“Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss.” – Doug Williams

Ceremonial Respect

When I was a young athlete just starting to compete I was always told to salute my opponent and the referee at the beginning and the end of the match. I remember I was reminded before a medal ceremony to shake the hand of the person next to me on the podium, whether they beat me or I beat them.

Even if the child knows before awards are presented that they won, it’s important for them to stay humble and wait until their name is called to the podium. This shows respect for their fellow competitors. What I have just mentioned might seem relatively unimportant and somewhat petty. However, these are the basic fundamental and essential elements to build a path to guide our children and students toward it for a higher hope that they will achieve greatness, self-respect and well-roundness during adulthood.

Performance in the Sport of Fencing

Because, fencing is a sport where children are judged and given a score, it’s important to teach your children to be happy with their performance no matter what happens. Learning how to be a good teammate and have respect for your fellow competitors despite the outcome is the best skill a young athlete can learn. This is good sportsmanship.

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“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.”– Knute Rockne

So get out there and practice and demonstrate your sportsmanship in the sport of fencing.