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How to Become a Good Sportsman

by jodieklns


The Altador Cup. For some, it’s an event to bring people together and have fun playing the different games on offer. For others, it is a time to bring out their worst side. By this, I mean it brings out team bashers. Team bashing is a very simple term to understand. It means insulting (or “flaming”) people because they are in a different team than you. In this article, I plan to teach people what is wrong about what they are doing, and how to change their attitude.

The first thing I shall mention is realisation. The Altador Cup is a game, and nothing more. It should not be taken seriously. Sure, we all want our chosen teams to win. However, we are all competing for points at the end of the day. Points we can spend in the prize shop for all kinds of different prizes. If you wish to change your ways, you must first realise the Altador Cup is purely for fun, and should be taken with a light heart.

Now while that’s all fine and dandy, I need to point out some common phrases, and how they are wrong. If we are to be good sportsmen, we must speak like them. Remember, all these phrases are just examples of what can be said. They have not been taken from any direct users, and are purposely written to suggest as many different possibilities as they can.

Phrase number 1- “You guys aren’t good enough to win”. Now, a good sportsman knows every team has an equal chance of winning. It’s all down to how much they all play. The correct phrase should be “You guys haven’t been lucky so far, but if you get out and play some more games, you might win something.”

Phrase number 2- “You support (Insert team here), I don’t like you”. Wait a minute; you don’t like someone just because they support a different team? That’s not at all right. Someone’s personal preferences mean nothing to you, and therefore you shouldn’t prejudice against them for it. I have no good sportsman phrase to add here. Instead, I shall add what a good sportsman would do. They wouldn’t say anything of the sort. Instead, they would talk to someone as the human being they are. After all, choices do not matter in the slightest; it’s the person who makes them.

Phrase number 3- “OMG MY TEAM GOT SWEPT YESTERDAY. WE STINK!” Okay, so you got swept. Big deal. The other team just did better than you. What you should really say is “Wow, we got swept. Congratulations to the other team! We won’t be so easy on you next time.” You should also spend less time complaining, and more time playing, so there are no repeat performances.

Phrase number 4- “OMG WE SWEPT YOU YESTERDAY. YOU STINK!”/ “OMG YOU GOT SWEPT, LOL!” Similar to the above, but aimed at a different team, not your own. The good sportsman phrase is “Wow (Insert team here) got swept! Better luck next time, I guess.”

Phrase number 5- “If you don’t play x amount of games, you are a freeloader”/ “If you are not at rank x you are a freeloader.” This one here is wrong on quite a few levels. Freeloading means you are not playing for your team at all. Freeloaders are also not counted in the average scores of the day (You are only counted if you play a game). Just because someone has not reached a certain amount of games, doesn’t mean they are a freeloader. How about instead of insulting them about the amount of games they play, encourage them to play another half hour of yooyuball (roughly ten plays)?

Phrase number 6- “Your team is getting dragged down because of freeloaders.” Now, this is here because I’m correcting you in a few ways. Like I said in the point before, freeloaders aren’t counted in the average; you gotta play to be counted. So if a team has hundreds of freeloaders, it won’t matter. What you should really be saying is “Hm, looks like (Insert team here) isn’t playing as much as I thought they would.” Because after all, it’s how much the members of the team play that count.

Phrase number 7- “This Cup is unfair. Only the big teams win!” This one is corrected more for its huge mistake. Before the main Cup started, if you viewed the Standings page, there was a block of text. This block had a summary, “A larger team has no advantage over a smaller team.” This is because scores are averaged, so you add all the scores up, and divide them by the people who played. The team with the bigger average wins. Simple as. The reason the “bigger” teams win often, is because the players are more dedicated and play a lot more. So how about instead of complaining about how smaller teams lose, you say, “Come on guys, we gotta play some more, so we can win!”

Phrase number 8- “All members from this team are mean, and team bash.”...Hypocritical much? By stereotyping a team, you’re actually giving your own team a bad name, by team bashing. Not everyone from team Darigan/ Krawk Island/ Roo Island etc is “mean”. Since the Altador Cup started, I have been a Darigan supporter, and the entire time I’ve tried to encourage good sportsmanship. I have many friends who’ve joined Krawk Island this year, and well, they haven’t been insulting any other teams. And I’ve found some lovely Rooligans too. These are just the three main teams I see this phrase directed at, but it can happen to anyone. So you met a pretty nasty member of one team, so what? Assuming the rest of the team is like that, well, that’s not a wise move. Because one person doesn’t dictate the actions for an entire team. If you see someone team bashing, kindly tell them to stop, and the correct way to act.

Now, these are just some examples of what I have seen, and a basic idea of how you should rephrase it. There are certainly hundreds of ways to change each phrase.

As a summary, here are a few things you can do to become a better sportsman.

1) Encourage your team, and other teams, to play more games. 2) Congratulate other teams, or wish them better luck in future games. 3) Share tips for the games. Don’t say only members of your team can know these tips. 4) How about creating a “neutral ground” board? You get loads of nice people from different teams coming in, and it’s a great way to meet new people. 5) Correct people who are team bashing, flaming others etc. Tell them how to become a good sportsman. 6) Remember the Altador Cup is purely for fun, and shouldn’t be taken seriously.

Now that you’ve read my article, I do hope you understand how to make the Altador Cup more enjoyable for everyone. Of course, the first thing I suggest you do is get back onto the field and play. Thank you ever so much for reading, and good luck to all teams in the Cup!

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