Don't Apologize for Being Competitive – Part II

Last month’s Coaching Tip discussed the idea of “Don’t apologize for being competitive.” This month, we talk about the concept of being too competitive.

A student is overly competitive and should apologize if they…

  • Annoy or distract their opponents simply to win the shake/match.
  • Lie to an opponent about whether timing was begun, a ten-second warning was given, what a variation allows, whether he/she answered before time was called, etc.
  • Lie to a judge.
  • Collude with one opponent to defeat the other opponent. (This does not include working together to check a Solution.)

What does “collude with one opponent” mean? Tune in next month.


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