For the past several weeks we have been enjoying the World Cup games and pulling for team USA.  All of the Country’s players have spent years preparing and practicing for the game with dedication, hard work and sacrifice.

Etiquette plays a huge part when any sporting event takes place.  There are rules for players as well as spectators.  The word Etiquette is defined as a ticket which keeps order for all who are involved.

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The players on the field are “the show”.  The coach’s actions toward the governing officials on the field are scrutinized by the media and spectators.  Screaming, cursing and throwing items by the coaches or players sends a strong message which reflects poorly on “the show.”

Spectators are in the stands to support their team and to enjoy time doing something that gives them pleasure.  Outbursts in the heat of intense competition, shows a lack of respect for other spectators, families with young children and the team on the field.

The phrase “win the grace and lose with grace” is hard to do, but necessary.  All sports, from the pick-up game of flag football in your backyard to the prestigious World Cup, are intended for the same purpose: FUN.  Angry misconduct among sports participants and players, on and off the field betrays the principle of the game.

Are you watching The World Cup? Have you seen any conduct that you deemed inappropriate? Tell us about it here.