Moral Values and the Importance in our Lives

Moral values are defined as “The worth each individual places on specific non moral values that affect and impinge on others” (Lumpkin, Stoll, & Beller, 2003). The four major moral values identified in the book Sport Ethics: Application for Fair Play are honesty, justice, responsibility, and beneficence. I believe that these four moral values are universal moral values. I believe that they apply to every situation in our lives. In everything we do we should ask ourselves is this fair? Am I being honest? Is this going to do harm to others? Am I being respectful of others and myself? If we addressed these questions for every situation I believe that we would make better moral decisions in our lives. I believe that these concepts absolutely belong in sports. Sports are a reflection of life and most of the time sports are displayed on a public forum and following good moral values allows you to represent yourself and your team with honor. Often times in sports decisions are made in a split second and having a strong moral background allows people to make good decisions even in tough situations. This is why I believe it is essential for parents and coaches to instill good morals early on with their children and athletes. I believe that it is always important to be honest, to be responsible and respectful, to avoid doing harm to others, and to always be fair. These moral values are universal no matter what you are doing because following these values ensures that you will do what is right even if it isn’t the easiest thing to do. If I was to add a moral value I would add loyalty. I believe loyalty is very important. You must have loyalty to your teammates, coaches, and yourself in sports. This ensures that you are always working hard for your team and you are always doing your best to best represent yourself and the team. Loyalty is also a very important with family, friends, workplace and any other situation where you have to work with other people. Being able to trust the people you work with allows you to feel completely comfortable and give your best effort to the group and the project and this will ensure the highest quality performances.

References

Lumpkin, A., Stoll, S.K., & Beller, J.M. (2003). Sport Ethics: Application for Fair Play (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Comments

Very nice comments Ashlee. It is essential for parents and coaches to set the tone for morals and values. I had a great football coach in high school who never got uptight when the going was tough. Kids look to their mentors to see how they handle stressful situations. It's a great opportunity to witness how they react, or overreact.

I agree coaches have such a huge influence on their athletes I know that my beliefs on athletics are based on my experiences with coaches and teams, good and bad, have influenced my coaching philosophy.

I agree that loyalty is a good addition. Athletics can really bring out this quality. If someone stays loyal to themsevles then no matter what situation comes their way they will always make the right moral decisions. I believe that building loyalty within a program is important and takes the right kind of coach, one that isn't win at all costs. However I was just thinking, how is loyalty percieved if the players are expected to do things the coach tells them and they know these actions aren't following the core values, the loyalty to themselves is competing against the loyalty to their team and program. I feel as though this happens all to often and many individuals probably encounter this conflict. I know I've come across some issues and have heard many things from friends.