TAKE 5 with USA Volleyball's Kristin Hildebrand

May 12, 2014, 7:16 p.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 Volleyball National Team standout Kristin Hildebrand to get her thoughts on playing with good sportsmanship.

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

“In my experience playing with USA and professionally overseas, there are rarely occurrences of poor sportsmanship,” said Kristin. “Players respect one another and themselves, and act accordingly.”

Kristin also shared what she does to display good sportsmanship, both before and after matches, and recalled an outstanding display of good sportsmanship that once came from an opponent. Read her full Q&A for her story.

According to Kristin, coaches can do a lot to help youth athletes develop and practice good sportsmanship. She also believes this early teaching is vital.

“By having an ongoing conversation, coaches can help young kids develop an understanding of what good sportsmanship means, and why it is so important to practice good sportsmanship when they are competing,” said Kristin.

Kristin added that she believes good sportsmanship to be “simple.”

“It comes down to respecting yourself, your opponent, and the game,” said Kristin. “As long as we are doing this, sportsmanship will come naturally.”

To read the full TAKE 5 interview with Kristin, 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 court.

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