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30 Quotes About Sportsmanship That Teach Your Kids Important Lessons About Life

Julie Ryan Evans is an editor and writer who has covered everything from Capitol Hill to the politics of preschool. A mother of two, a runner of races, and a gourmet chef wannabe, she currently lives outside of Orlando, Florida.

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Being a good sport

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Being a good sport

While we're willing to admit that leading a family full of children who are in involved in a million different after-school sports is hectic AF, we also can't deny the fact that there are so many positive reasons that we continue to shuttle them back and forth to practice. Sports keep our kids active and their bodies sharp, and they also teach them to learn rules and play by them.

But most of all, organized sports teach our children the importance of being poised in victory and gracious in defeat. Sportsmanship is an important lesson to learn, and one that will help kids navigate gracefully through their adult lives. They might not all grow up to be professional athletes, but they will all grow up to to both fail and achieve in their personal and professional lives.

Here are 30 inspirational quotes to share with your kids that remind us what sports are really all about. 

Originally posted March 2016. Updated October 2017.

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Your response

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Your response

It's all up to you. 

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A class act

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A class act

What a fantstic habit to have. 

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Walking off the court

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Walking off the court

A good one to share with kids. 

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Playing yourself

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Playing yourself

It's all about you.

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Class

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Class

Don't be so focused on your goal that you forget others. 

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Be fair

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Be fair

Simple, but so important. 

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Giving your all

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Giving your all

What will you be remembered for?

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Determination

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Determination

It makes all the difference.

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Spirit

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Spirit

It's all about what's inside you.

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The will

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The will

How bad do you want it?

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Opportunity

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Opportunity

Those lucky enough to be able to play should know how lucky they are.

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Get up

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Get up

What will you do?

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Practice

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Practice

Preparation is dedication.

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Appearences

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Appearences

Don't let fear of failure defeat you.

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Whine not

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Whine not

Our new mantra to our children. 

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100 percent true

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100 percent true

You get nothing if you don't try.

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No regrets

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No regrets

Always give your best. 

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It's all in your head

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It's all in your head

Sports are all head games. 

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Losing to win

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Losing to win

Failure leads to success.

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Memories

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Memories

Make memories.

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Quitting

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Quitting

Quitters never win.

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No excuses

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No excuses

Work hard.

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Team work

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Team work

All for one. 

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Practice what you preach

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Practice what you preach

Amen.

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The 5 S's

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The 5 S's

How strong is your spirit?

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Love of the game

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Love of the game

Beautiful. 

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Dropping the ball

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Dropping the ball

So true. 

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Second wind

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Second wind

How far can you go?

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Preparation

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Preparation

Do the work. 

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