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Huge blowout leads to sportsmanship controversy in Oregon ...

A coach's ethics get challenged at many different levels.  In high school, there are numerous sensetivities that have to be considered for opposing coaches and players.  None was more evident than in Oregon where two high schools faced off against one another in a one sided game.  After the star wide reciever for Putnam high school caught 4 touchdowns by the beginning of the second halfd, why not bench him?  Well, the coach decided to keep all starters in in a destruction of 63 to nothing.  Is it good sportsmanship and ethical to run the score up on high school teams?  A few years ago, there were kids that would stop at the one yard line during a blow out to show a sportsmanship and good respect for the other team.  Is it diminishing?  Can we blame coaches? 

 

On this certain point, yes.  It demoralizes a team to get beat as bad and at the high school level too.  Granted, the main goal is to win, but why not show good sportsmanship and rest your starters and give your back ups a chance?  Let the opposing team accomplish SOMETHING in this game.  Granted, you aren't giving them the game, but even a first down is a small victory.  And why not bench the starters?  Putnam High coach says he felt it as an impromptu practice that he took advantage of. 


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What Role Does Ethics Play in Sports?

What Role Does Ethics Play in Sports? | Sports Ethics:  Rhodes, R. | Scoop.it

Distinguishing between gamesmanship and sportsmanship...

 

This article summs up some general guidelines when it comes to how coaches and players should act.  There is a seperation between gamesmanship and sportsmanship.  In gamesmanship, the mentality is winning is everything and the ends justify the means, whereas sportsmanship is based off of respect and integrity. 

 

An example is taking a "flop".  It isn't cheating, but it can be looked at as cheating.  And it can be considered violating sportsmanship and ethics in the sport.   Yes, it supports gamesmanship to win at all costs, but what about fairness and integrity in the game and/or sport? 

 

To combat that, recently, the NBA has started to fine players who take flops and iolate the integrity of the game?  Is this a good idea or bad for business?  Only time and ratings will tell, but I think it is a good step in bringing back sportsmanship in professional sports.


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Calvin Adams's comment, April 17, 2013 9:17 AM
Great article must read.
Tim Spring's curator insight, September 9, 2013 3:03 PM

It should be the main role. Ethics should trump winning at all costs, but we all know that is just not the way it is.

Kelly Poggensee-Wei's curator insight, October 13, 2013 12:43 PM

Ethics plays a strong role in the world of sports. Someone with a good code of ethics is fair, respectful, has integrity, and responsible. It goes along with leadership because when you are someone that is in charge and setting an example for others it's important to set a precedent for what is right from wrong. When I'm working in sports when I get out of college I want to be someone who believes in doing the right thing no matter what the situation might be.

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Iowa High School Football Program Considers Prohibiting Running As Punishment; Coach Says 'Youth Sports In Trouble' Despite Danger

Here is the time honored question that gets asked, even in the military, when is discipline considered unethical?  Well, the easy answer is when it crosses the line.  What is crossing the line now a days though? 

 

In this article, an Iowa high school football coach made an athlete run sprints as a result of the athlete bad mouthing current and future team mates.  Granted, old school thought maybe, many people who played sports remember this kind of stuff happening to us on a field at some point.  But this young athlete then reported his coach for bullying and the coach is under investigation. 

 

As a coach, I believe that as long as he wasn't just making the kid run into the ground with no reason, or just because he could, or neglected medical attention or purposes, then the coach acted ethically.  He tried to instill a form of discipline in the athlete and a form of respect to teach a lesson.  Be careful who you talk about because you will share the field with them. 

 

Personal opinion, there shouldn't even be an investigation.  Back in the old days, take it and as long as you weren't injured or dead, you respected and learned.  What is happening now a days?


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Jason Cain's curator insight, March 16, 2014 12:59 PM

This is a form of punishment that happens quiet often. Many times because it is a quick solution at the moment to the problem. Although, it accomplishes nothing. I know of softball pitchers that had to run if they walked the first batter and on their performance of pitching. What did this accomplish? Nothing, but putting pressure on a pitcher to perform and many times this had a negative effect.

Manuel Barnett's curator insight, May 18, 2014 10:49 PM

The punishment should fit the crime, if there really was one, this is were personal ethics, due to being the head coach of the varsity team and the low morals surrounding it,  get in the way of being professional. This can ruin a coach if they don't keep their heads on strait and keep a cool head at the same time.

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Joe Paterno's legacy at Penn State is tainted as late coach failed to ... - New York Daily News

Joe Paterno's legacy at Penn State is tainted as late coach failed to ... - New York Daily News | Sports Ethics:  Rhodes, R. | Scoop.it

This is where ethics in coaching and sports takes a horrible and sad turn.  The story of Joe Paterno and Jerry Sandusky is a sad, dark, disturbing tale.  One used his position to perform sexual acts on little boys (Sandusky) where the other was highly unethical in knowing about what was going on and hiding it from the school board and law enforcement officials.  Joe Paterno broke an ethical code that coaches have to never use their position to hide illegal acts and to turn a blind eye, so to speak, when acts are being performed that are illegal.  Joe Patterno allowed victims of a sexual predator to live with the fact that it happened and could have been stopped if he would have lived up to ethical and moral considerations and pushed for the arrest of one of his employees and coaching staff members. 

 

Joe Paterno was the winningest coach and at a point in time, considered a hero of the Penn State area, but no more.  He has broken not only a law, but morally and ethically, broke everything a coach should stand for.  He preached integrity and graduating college, but never protected his players from possibly being victims, witnessing such acts, and he never protected the community that tried to protect him. 

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Sportsmanship and Leadership « k12christinestead

Athletics plays an important role in developing life skills. The lessons our children learn during their athletic careers can play a huge role in their life. 

 

This column touches on the the basics of ethics that get taught on the football field and how they translate over into their life off the field.  You see, it is up to coaches to teach some of these aspects at every level.  To include the professional level.  The ethic of sportsmanship, teaching respect for opponents and the team mates that play next to yoyu and leadership need to be and can be re introduced at every level.  Learning respect for those who you face off against can help to teach yo to respect everyone, regardless of if you like them or not.  Where does this get taught from?  The coach of course.  He/she is aslready in a position of leadership, but the best coiaches teach that to the on field leaders.  Pass along some aspects on how to live the life on and off the field.   


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Golden Tate's Hit and Ever-Evolving Ethics of Football

Golden Tate's Hit and Ever-Evolving Ethics of Football | Sports Ethics:  Rhodes, R. | Scoop.it

This is an ethical issue we reach in football when it comes to coaching the sport that is know to be brutal and violent.  Coaches at all levels want to win.  Granted, the higher the level of the sport, the more pressure to do so, but at what cost.  Ethically, coaches need to be concerned with the safety of their players and the opposing team.  Back in September, Golden Tate from Seattle Seahawks hits Dallas Cowboy Linebacker Sean Lee hard.  Sends him flying hard.  But what is the outcome of the bodies that recieved and gave the hit?  Team mates and coaches get fired up at hits like this not thinking about the long term affects of what just happened to two athletes.  This kind of tugs at your ethics as a coach.  Coaches teach controlled violence in a sport like football, but how much becomes too much? 


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Bryan G.'s curator insight, September 6, 2014 11:21 AM

Players are now becoming more aware of the dangers of "big hits" and now the focus shifts towards the coaches. Should coaches allow their players to act "lawless"?

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Adults behaving badly at youth sporting events is unacceptable and needs to stop | Deseret News

Adults behaving badly at youth sporting events is unacceptable and needs to stop | Deseret News | Sports Ethics:  Rhodes, R. | Scoop.it

As a coach, you are responsible for the behavior of your team, the coaching staff, and the on and off field decisions that get made.  That is at every level.  Now, we only pay attention to when unethical behavior happens at colligiate or professional levels.  But what happens when it happens at a younger level.  Attached is a column about a Utah little league football playoff tournament that got called off because of a coach's decision to handle the game.  In the pee wee level of the Blouty Gate scandal, one team laid vicious hits on the opposing team to injure the other team, with one case being a quarterback who is now suffering from a concussion for a week.  That is the coach decising that to keep the team in the game, the opposing players need to be hurt.  What ever happened to the fun when we were young?  Aside from this one article, there have also been cases of coaches punching opposing players, Parents causing fights with coaches of both the team their kid plays on and opposing kids and parents.  As adults, what kind of ethics, both personal and on field, are we setting as a society?


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Calvin Adams's curator insight, April 6, 2013 2:24 PM

This is a prime example of what kids today emulate. If the parents are doing it, then why is it not for the children?

Adam Odell's curator insight, July 20, 2014 3:12 PM

Coaching ethics not only comes from the coach but also comes from the first coach an individual has that is their parents. Parents should also be within the guidelines of Ethics and morals in sports and in life.

David Foster's curator insight, April 27, 2015 8:01 AM

A great article of how not act as a coach, parent, or player. It is up to the management to ensure that all ethical behavior is being followed and kept honorable.

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Armstrong: The Fall of an Iconic Sporting Superstar? | Joey Barton

Armstrong: The Fall of an Iconic Sporting Superstar? | Joey Barton | Sports Ethics:  Rhodes, R. | Scoop.it

I remember reading ‘Its not about the bike’ as a young lad and thinking to myself, ‘Wow, what a brave man that Lance Armstrong is’. To battle back (Worth reading Joey Barton.

 

Lance Armstrong has been accused of using performance enhancing drugs when he was professionally racing in the Tour de France.  Recent reports have shown that his team mates as well at other competitors have done the same under pressure from either Armstrong or their respective coaches.  Yes, it is illegal to use performance enhancing drugs, but if everyone is using it, is it now considered an even playing field?  Maybe instad of illegal, the term should be considered unethical.  We believe in the purity of sport, we being the fans.  But at the same time, when everyone is using performance enhancers, does the one who doesn't now become a fan favorite although they finish last all the time, or do they lose money and fanfare because those who are winning are getting the endorsements and fans?  Granted they may have the purist support, but the reality of it is then they are just the average person.  Lance Armstrong, although using enhancers, can still be considered an elite athlete in my opinion.  Why?  Well, he not only won races, but won a life threatening battle with Cancer and did it using legal drugs and no performance enhancer is capable of beating a deadly disease and still having the will power to race and support others suffering.  Well played Mr. Armstrong, Well Played!   

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