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Teacher: Brigid Radigan who teaches at Olmsted Falls Middle School in Olmsted Falls, OH. Brigid Radigan can be contacted at

Name of Best Practice: Sportsmanship Pledge

Rationale/Purpose of Event: To promote sportsmanship and friendly competition during game play or tournaments

Suggested Grade Level: K-2, 3-5

Materials Needed: Marker and large poster board

Sportsmanship Pledge

Ten years ago as a new teacher, when I taught elementary physical education, I was horrified by the way that the students treated each other during competitive games. After a few months, I was tired of the name calling, tattling, and the mistreatment of others.

I came up with the idea to have all the students in the school create a Sportsmanship Pledge, which they would recite before any competitive game. I took one important concept that each grade level came up with (K-5), and we made...

Our Sportsmanship Pledge

I promise to...
Play as part of a team
Do my best to play safely
Try not to hurt other people
Respect those around me
Treat others as I would like to be treated...
and always play with Bulldog Pride!

Teaching Suggestions/Tips:

Review what good sportsmanship looks like with your classes and emphasize it throughout the year.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Display picture cards so that non-verbal students can follow along

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Posted on PEC: 4/17/2011 and has received 47 votes.

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