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17 Sep 2019

A Simple Guide for: Good Sportsmanship as a Fan

A recent study by the NCAA showed that while sportsmanship has improved among players in the recent years, sportsmanship by the fans has gotten a lot worse. We all have seen it in the news, crowds of fans throwing trash (and worse) in the field, harassing adversaries and their fans, and, of course, violence.

The best betting platform has always bet on making the gambling world better, and sports are the core of this statement. The world already sucks enough these days without us contributing to it in a time when we should be enjoying ourselves, so, if you are going to support your team, here are a few things to keep in mind for the next big game:

 

Respect the opposing team.

You like to be respected, and so does everyone else. Use your lungs to root for your team and not to insult the other. When the visiting team enters the field, don’t boo them (or worse). Instead, respectfully clap for them. Applause is also appropriate when the opposing player is taken out of the game due to an injury, he tried his best after all and deserves some respect. And finally, while it’s tempting to taunt and heckle the opposing team, be the better person and avoid it. Such things just bring the game down and make the whole experience worse for everybody.

 

Respect other fans.

Tickets to major games cost a lot of money. For many people, they are a splurge, something they buy in the hopes of having a great experience. And so, don’t ruin it for them by being a rude jerk during the whole game. Nobody likes to sit next to the inconsiderate guy who loudly complains about what went wrong with each play and how the coach is a moron. It's irritating. Also, be respectful to fans of the opposing team, don’t give them dirty looks or throw insults their way, you are there to have a good time and enjoy yourself, and so are them.

 

Drink in moderation.

Alcohol makes us do things that we regret, it lowers inhibitions and makes us act in ways we wouldn't normally. The majority of displays of bad sportsmanship from fans could be avoided if fans would just drink responsibly, the great 10 cent beer night disaster of the ‘74 may be one of the greatest proofs of that. You need to know what you can handle before you start to drink one too many and get unruly. You are here to have a good time, but so is everyone else, so try not to make things harder for them. Besides it’s hard to appreciate a game if you’re completely drunk, so, enjoy your drinks, but in moderation.

 

Watch your language.

Some fans at sporting events say things that would make a drill sergeant cringe and make the saltiest of sailors blush. People can understand an exasperated “damnit” from time to time, but there is no excuse for filthy talk. Remember, at most sporting events there are children present, so watch your language. And besides, if the rules demand that the athletes keep their language clean, we should expect that from their fans as well.

 

Respect the officials.

Just as players should respect the officials, so should the fans. The only people that receive more insults than the refs during games are, maybe, their mothers. Give the officials the respect they deserve, if it weren’t for them, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy the game. They all make boneheaded decisions from time to time, but so do we, no one is perfect all the time.

 When you’re feeling angry at the ref, take a minute to think about the situation. You may be able to see the whole field of action from the stands and see the replay in slow-motion on the screen, but the ref is out there in the field, at eye level, watching the action happen in the blink of an eye. It’s not an easy job, and they’re doing the best they can.

 

Support your team, even when they lose.

A true fan sticks with their team through the good and the bad times. It’s sad to see the bleachers empty at a stadium 10 minutes before a game is over just because the home team is losing. Stick around until the end and root your team off the field or don’t come to the stadium in the first place.

If you follow these simple tips you will have a much more enjoyable experience rooting for your team and so will everyone else around you. Be it in a crowded stadium, in your living room with your friends, or online in a chat board, and remember to have fun and enjoy the game. Don’t get in the way of others doing the same and don’t forget to bet on your favorite team by signing up with the best betting software VIP-IBC.

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