Perception, Interpretation, and the Strategy of (Un)Fair Play – A Students’ Perspective
Emese Ivan, College of Professional Studies, Division of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport Management; Carla Vidoni, University of Louisville, Department of Health and Sport Sciences
Abstract: Sports and games are seen as appropriate contexts for development and improvement of fair play behaviors due to their potential to build positive social interactions among participants. However, not all participants perform fair play behaviors during practices and games. The concern is that because the current increase of ‘unfair’ behaviors in the realm of sports has become such a common practice, people do not consider ‘unfairness’ as a negative attribute to character development. The consequence is that youth are imitating abusive behaviors that the media covers during elite sports events. This paper examines physical education teacher education and sports administration students’ interpretations of fair play behaviors during observations of youth in physical education and coaching settings: what triggers fair and unfair behaviors and how teachers and coaches react in relation to fair play issues.