Sportsmanship is one of the key pieces of the NCCA ’s foundation, but let’s face it, competitiveness is part of human nature and no one likes to lose. Being a good sport often feels like the last thing anyone wants to do after a loss. Sometimes judging will get intense, heated and personal; therefore, sportsmanship must be learned and practiced in sticky situations.
Eyes are always on you, you are always being watched. Watched by your peers, the event production team and manufacturers in attendance at the event; so keeping your composure at all times is important. Everyone is wired differently, and some people have more self-control then others. For some it is all about winning, and for others they see the bigger overall picture. Winning can be fun, and it can be important to some, but winning and losing are not the end of the world. You must ask yourself is losing your dignity and self-respect worth a trophy? It is important to remember that a trophy is just a piece of plastic or wood (no matter how big or shinny it is), and that trophy will not change the outcome of your life.
We have all got upset and over reacted at times. If you do happen to slip, try to learn from your mistakes. If you are angry or upset, walk away from the situation until you cool down. The best thing to do is to talk it out with people close to you and then go speak directly to the head judge of the event. Remember, that winning and losing is based upon the opinion of a judging team. There will always be a subjective part to the process no matter how many rules and standards the NCCA puts into place.
Good sportsmanship is the most important aspect of the National Custom Car Association. Keep in mind that poor sportsmanship can be grounds for repercussions under to the NCCA Code of Conduct.
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