TAKE 5 with USA Softballs Lauren Gibson

By Steven Embree | May 12, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)

Youth sports provide a great avenue for your kids to build self-esteem and learn invaluable life lessons.

They also provide an opportunity for parents and coaches to teach the importance of good sportsmanship to youth athletes. Our kids look to their role models for guidance, and when adults and athletes have a win-at-all-costs mentality, it can tarnish the game and bring out the worst in everyone. Good sportsmanship really does matter. 

Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports sat down with USA Softball standout Lauren Gibson to get her thoughts on the importance of good sportsmanship.

In our exclusive TAKE 5 interview, Lauren told us she is impressed with the current state of sportsmanship in softball.

“Overall, I feel the majority of players that I’ve encountered display great sportsmanship in softball, and are all very supportive to one another,” said Lauren. “I have numerous friends on opposing teams, and that makes playing the game that much more fun!”

Lauren also stressed that she believes in always showing respect for the opposing team. She even told us about an “awesome” display of good sportsmanship that occurred in a World Cup game against rival Puerto Rico. Read her full Q&A for the story

Lauren emphasized the impact that strong coaches can have on players, including how well they practice and display sportsmanship.

“I feel as though players look to coaches to set the tone for the team,” said Lauren. “How a coach reacts to certain situations or calls will affect how players react to those same situations. Coaches need to be good role models and leaders for players – but most importantly, coaches need to stay positive.”

Finally, Lauren shared her thoughts on how softball can take steps to improve sportsmanship even further. In her opinion, ensuring good sportsmanship is essential not just for the game’s players, but for the fans as well.

To read the full TAKE 5 interview with Lauren, visit ResponsibleSports.com. And come back next month for another exclusive TAKE 5 interview!

At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we constantly look for ways to celebrate the countless acts of responsibility shown by people every day. We created Responsible Sports, powered by Positive Coaching Alliance, as part of this belief to help ensure that our kids experience the best that sports have to offer in environments that promote and display responsibility. We believe kids can learn valuable life lessons when coaches and parents come together to support winning on and off the field.

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