Modern Etiquette: Good sportsmanship

Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:25am EDT
 
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(Anna Post is the spokeswoman for The Emily Post Institute, a U.S-based organisation founded in 1946 that addresses societal concerns including business etiquette, raising polite children and civility. The opinions expressed are her own. The Emily Post Institute's website is www.emilypost.com)

By Anna Post

BURLINGTON, Vermont (Reuters Life!) - The World Cup may be over, but the significance of the competition goes far beyond the final goal.

Whether you call it football or soccer, the World Cup is more than just a fight for the sport's ultimate title -- it's proof-positive that good sportsmanship matters.

Even in the face of tremendous pressure to win, highly competitive teams from all corners of the globe can come together to compete and still be good sports.

Conversely, in the absence of bad sportsmanship, all of the attention given the games can stay where it matters, on the players' skills and the emotional highs and lows of a well-played game that must, in the end, have only one winner.

A few modern guidelines to keep the sportsmanship in your game:

As a player:

-- Be on time. There's nothing worse than not having your fourth player while others are queued up behind you on the first tee, or to be kept waiting by your tennis partner who overslept.   Continued...