Sportsmanship is defined as conduct (such as fairness, respect for one’s opponent, and graciousness in winning or losing) becoming to one participating in a sport (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, n.d.).
Integrity is defined as the adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
The Race to 3 is a deliberate way for students to enhance their sportsmanship and integrity. The game is less about the skill and more about what happens before and after each round.
While playing Race to 3, it is imperative for the instructor to filter around the room, seeking out and sharing positive examples of good sportsmanship and problem-solving. Equally important is helping students who may be having difficulty dealing with adversity.
I’ve been playing this game for years with coffee cans. However, I learned that it was much more age-appropriate for my younger students when I used laundry baskets instead of coffee cans. However, I’ve shared a video of each version.
How to play: