Team sports are a great way of showing kids self control and working together! Before a game, remind kids on the goals of good sportsmanship. Team sports can make very effective social skills activities for older kid, especially if you explicitly teach them how to be good sports.
Principles of Good Sportsmanship:
* Be a good winner (not bragging and taunting the losers; providing supportive feedback to the losers)
* Be a good loser (congratulating the winner; not blaming others for the loss)
* Show respect to other team mates, players and to the referee
* Show encouragement and offer help to other players who may be not be as skilled as you
* Work out your conflicts without trying to involve the teacher
Brainstorm during practice with kids the ways they can support one another and apply these principles. During a game, give kids the chance to put these principles into action before you intervene in conflicts. Encourage and applaud good sportsmanship. If they don’t sort things out themselves after a couple of minutes, you can always assist. And when the game is over, give kids feedback on their good sportsmanship.