Winning and Losing

Winning is a component of competition, not the essence of it. The essence of competition is the process of competing and all that it entails.

We have the responsibility to educate coaches, parents and most importantly, our children about the true meaning of winning and losing.

Competition is not a measure of self worth. It is simply a way to measure our present abilities and efforts against the abilities and efforts of others. Increased self-esteem is one of the primary positive benefits of sports.

Competitive situations should be viewed as an area where we can have a positive effect on building character traits such as confidence, poise, self control, self esteem, discipline and the value of setting goals and striving to achieve them.

Winning cannot be a goal in itself. However, all the components of competing can be goals, which we achieve in order to win.

When winning becomes the only goal, competition turns into conflict.

Last Updated: 05/02/2003