55 Popular Sports Writing Prompts for Students

Encourage students to reflect upon various aspects of sports using these fun sports writing prompts.

Not only do these prompts motivate students to sharpen writing skills, they deepen understanding of concepts, spark reflection, and instill a love for writing.

Even reluctant writers enjoy responding to these prompts!

So pencil into your lesson plans this week a handful of these engaging sports writing prompts.

Sports Writing Prompts

1. Describe the most popular sport in your country.

2. What advice would you offer to someone considering playing sports?

3. Write about your favorite sport and why you like it so much.

4. What qualities make a great team player? Why?

5. Why is it good practice to respond to sports writing prompts?

6. What safety measures should one take when participating in sports?

7. Explain why rules are essential in sports.

8. If a football could talk, what would it tell you about its life?

9. Write a short story about a student who dreams of being in the Olympics.

10. Share an experience of you and your family or friends attending a fun sporting event.

11. Draft a letter to a classmate offering tips for playing your favorite sport well.

12. If you could master any sport, which would it be and why?

13. Describe your favorite Olympic sport. Why is it your favorite?

14. Write a short story with a happy ending about a student who always gets picked last for the team.

15. Explain the game of bowling.

16. What is your favorite sports team? Why do you love it so much?

17. Write a letter to your favorite athlete sharing how much you admire him/her.

18. Draft a summary of your favorite sport.

19. Share an experience about your first time playing a new sport.

20. Which is your least favorite sport? Explain why.

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21. What are the best and worst things about playing sports?

22. You will be part of a kite-flying competition soon and have to design your own kite. Describe your kite’s design. How is it built to win?

23. Compose a poem about your favorite sport.

24. If you could meet your favorite athlete, who would it be and why?

25. Write about a time when you injured yourself while playing a sport.

26. Explain how scoring works in tennis.

27. Create your own sport. Tell the name of the game, explain the rules, and describe the uniform.

28. In your opinion, what types of mental and physical training tasks should athletes do on a regular basis in order to maintain their athletic performance?

29. Describe the attributes of a good team player.

30. Tell the importance of good sportsmanship when playing sports.

31. Why do you think it’s important to be competitive when playing sports?

32. Explain why you think bowling is a real sport.

33. If you are the captain of a team, how do you build team spirit and community among players?

34. Explain basketball to someone who doesn’t know how to play it.

35. If you could add new rules to your favorite sport, what two rules would you add and why?

36. Is cheating in sports wrong? Why or why not?

37. Provide examples of good teamwork and bad teamwork.

38. Would you rather be the star player of a team that never wins or a terrible player on a team that always wins? Explain your thinking.

39. Write about a day in the life of an athlete.

40. Explain how to play Frisbee.

41. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to sports? How can you improve upon your weaknesses?

42. What’s the importance of stretching before and after performing sports?

43. In what ways does participating in sports help students build character and stamina?

44. Write an article for the school newsletter sharing strategies for athletes so that their team has the best chance of winning.

45. Share an experience where you improved your skills in a particular sport.

46. In your opinion, are sports given too much focus? Why or why not?

47. Compose a spirit-filled song, poem, or chant for your favorite sports team.

48. Imagine that you are a sports reporter. Write an article for the local newspaper summarizing the highlights from the last game you watched.

49. Describe your best athletic moment.

50. Write a letter to the school principal or coach persuading him/her to offer additional sports.

51. As an athlete, why is it important to be disciplined. Explain your thinking.

52. Argue the position that ballet is a true sport.

53. Compare and contrast a basketball court and a football field.

54. Should schools put more focus on sports or academics? Why?

55. Explain the benefits of participating in sports.

Final Thoughts: Sports Writing Prompts

Now you have a ready-supply of sports writing prompts to use for various writing activities.

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