10 Points

Sports are supposed to teach more than skill, more than learning how to win. They should teach statesmanship, problem solving, and working with others graciously. It doesn’t matter whether one is at the elite level or just a beginner, this is a characteristic worth measuring because sports are mechanisms of socialization and social integration.

Some children show leadership quality in how they play and train, and some show coachability in that they learn new concepts easily and listen well. Statesmanship is a more profound measure as team sports go. It is about doing these two things while also maintaining concern for the management of public affairs.

The Avila App periodically assigns Statesmanship flags, which are akin to a player’s most recent Emotional Quotient (EQ) displays. Meaning the capability of individuals to recognize their own emotions and those of others, discern between different feelings, label them appropriately and adjust their behavior.



Up to 2 points each

Ability to laugh at oneself and join in on laughter which is done in a good spirit. Maintaining a good mood when losing a game or competition of any sort.
Apologizing and picking the opponent up when inadvertently knocking them down (asking “are you ok?”) showing genuine concern. Complimenting others briskly when they do things well, using words of affirmation.
Not being click-oriented. Making eye contact with all members of the scrimmage or group, acknowledging others even if you are shy – smiling. Acknowledging others before leaving the field including the players, volunteers, and trainers.
Explaining drills, skills, and procedures patiently to less experienced players. Figuring out how to help one’s team or group train or compete better.
Seeking out the true spirit of the directions given to you by the trainer. Training with a sense of urgency even in the warm-up.