WHAT IS SPORTSMANSHIP?
Sportsmanship is a code of acceptable behaviour for players to abide by in their pursuit of fair play. “Sportsmanship” refers to the set of values and the series of skills driving appropriate behaviour in social situations involving sports, play and competition. We’ve identified six core aspects of sportsmanship to help students identify a clear path to building a healthy online attitude and positive behaviours.
The six aspects of sportsmanship are:
- Team-oriented mindset
- Positive attitude
We have created educational Resources to help teacher cultivate purposeful environments (see: What are LoL clubs?) that teach healthy online behaviours through sportsmanship. Exploring the tabs below (an excerpt taken from The Aspects of Sportsmanship in the Club Materials section) will give you a quick understanding of what each aspect encompasses.
How to use: There are various levels of proficiency in each aspect of sportsmanship. Students are asked to reflect on their own behaviour after playing a game of League of Legends and find a section within each aspect that best describes their current behaviour. It’s important to encourage honesty here, and reinforce that students shouldn’t panic if they are a Beginner; a high level of sportsmanship is hard to master as –like anything – it’s a skill that needs to be learnt. A good way to accurately gauge their position is to tell a teammate or teacher (who has observed their behaviour in-game) why they have made these decisions and see if they agree.
Once students understand their current level within each aspect, they now have vision of what “good” looks like and can start incrementally working on ways to master this skill.
“United, we are stronger!” – Ashe
Being team-oriented is about cooperating with your teammates through teamwork and effective communication. It also includes providing support, mentorship when appropriate and creating a friendly, welcoming environment for your teammates.
“Do not let your pride blind you.” – Master Yi
Being respectful involves respecting other players and their opinions on strategy and gameplay, supporting teammates when they make mistakes and understanding that bad games happen to everyone.
“To conquer one’s self is to conquer all.” – Karma
Being disciplined means trying your best and making an effort to win. Disciplined players recognise that being good at the game takes practice and mastering a variety of areas such as game strategy or how to play a role or champion.
“We are made by our choices.” – Azir
Being responsible is about sticking to the duties of your role and staying involved in each game. All while pursuing victory honourably, acknowledging your mistakes and not blaming others for them.
“If you’re waiting for me to give up, you might be here a while.” – Poppy
Being resilient means not allowing frustration to affect your gameplay, not giving up when you’re behind and controlling your temper. It involves having a trustworthy and honest character while being considerate of other players and what you say to them.
“The sun always rises.” – Leona
Being positive involves maintaining a positive attitude in game while expressing humility in victory and grace in defeat.