Sporting Etiquette | Beyond Sportsmanship – Satsuma Designs

Sporting Etiquette | Beyond Sportsmanship

Sporting Etiquette | Beyond Sportsmanship

Summer is the time when we all long to get outside and move ourselves.

What better way to celebrate each day than to savor the outdoors and get active.

And thankfully, most of us get the same bright idea! More athletes and nature enthusiasts in parks, on trails and pathways mean exhibiting common courtesy so that we all can enjoy Mother Nature's gifts.

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I'm sharing some thoughts on sporting etiquette that goes beyond sportsmanship.

I want to encourage us all to treat the outdoors and the people out there with us as if we were sharing indoor space.

It's easy to assume that when we're outdoors it's every woman, man and child for herself, but we should all be aware of one another and the resources we're using.

Coddle Mother Nature

When out and about, it's important to use a gentle a gentle hand and foot with our natural resources.

  • Never litter
  • Use designated pathways and trails
  • Use only approved modes of transportation on trails - foot, bicycles, motorbike, etc.
  • Be aware of your use of chemical aerosols whether sunscreens or bug repellant

Socially Distanced Fun

Thankfully, being outdoors can help us naturally social distance when it comes to slowing the spread of germs.

Be mindful of your surroundings and how your presence might impact others.

Give others 6 feet of space for optimal comfort.

If you are feeling confined for space, make a move to distance yourself. If needed, politely ask those around you to give you a bit of space as you're feeling confined.

Never demand, ask instead!

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The Road Less Traveled

When enjoying a bike or walking path be sure to stay to your designated side.

When approaching another cyclist or walker, indicate your presence with a polite, 'on your left' to let them know you're there.

Use a strong and clear voice or consider purchasing a bell for your handlebars. 

Never pass on the right as it's dangerous and unexpected. You shouldn't pass on the right in your vehicle on the road either.

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Court Appointed Courtesy

When waiting for a court make yourself known, but don't stand next to the door, or worse, on the court with your arms crossed and toe tapping.

Likewise, if you recognize (and please be aware) that someone is waiting to use a court on which you're playing, finish your set or match and move on.

Consider, chatting with the waiting party between games to indicate how much longer you will be.

At public courts, don't make waiting parties, linger for more than 30 minutes.

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Iron Will

When you're at the gym, follow guidelines, but consider doing one better.

Be aware of waiting parties.

If others are waiting to use the equipment you're on, consider rotating to ensure that both of you get your heart rate up and don't waste time. 

Clean your equipment after every use, even if you're on a circuit and have to backtrack.

Re-rack your weights without fail.

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Care to Mingle?

Let’s connect over social media. Follow the fun on Pinterest and Instagram. Tag #satsumasmiles to share your creativity and I'll share back. 

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