Vinluan: Special considerations on behavior and games-A A +A
Thursday, March 21, 2013
A VARIETY of special considerations and problems are always associated in organized sports competitions which can be divided into areas of concern starting from the environment, athletes performance, illegal drug use, common injuries, officiating officials, team financing, and the best part of it, the behaviors and games.
A series of competitions are organized in our locality every year, from martial arts to ball games, and among the favorites is basketball. Undoubtedly, the sport basketball has the most competitions being organized in the City that attracts participants from all walks of life, not to mention age and height.
Assessing the sports competitions conducted in a year, basketball leads the billboards like five to one tournaments a year compared to the annual conduct of other sports known in the City that involves participation from all ages. Its popularity may even defy Republic Act 9850 making Arnis De Mano as the national martial arts in the country.
Basketball is highly a competitive sport in the City, and however organizers keep the conduct of basketball tournaments in the right perspective, most if not all who participate in the sport are only concerned of winning that they lose sight of the benefits that can be derived in tournament participations.
Tournaments and or competitions inherently are neither good nor bad, simply because it is a human behavior. Competitions are good if it stimulates the interest of people and leads to enhanced participation for self-improvement. It is bad when it creates and promotes hostility, anxiety, and dissatisfaction.
Behaviors during competitions are sometimes self-destructive, because participants judge themselves only on their ability to win; losing becomes agonizing to them that lead to their dissatisfaction. Moreover, often time’s participants also perceive an opponent as an obstacle to achieving their goal that pose as a threat.
However, opponents are fellow competitors who present us with challenges within a game, and if we view it in this context, competitions can provide self-fulfillment for both winner and loser. Positively perceiving competitions will also benefit the stakeholders’ development in skill and endurance and the satisfaction of meeting new challenges.
Although behavior differs in competitions, one must have to set his own standards and criteria for success and failure, and be aware of your own uniqueness and the importance of defining your own personal competitive experience, because if you emphasize on this values than competitions can enrich your life.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 21, 2013.