Players say that trash-talk is part of the game, but there are some rules every good trash-talker should follow.
1. BE DISCRETE
Most referees aren’t very forgiving when they catch players jawing back and forth so watch your back. Subtlety is your friend.
2. DON'T GET PERSONAL
Talking about your opponent’s girlfriend or family member is taking it too far. Keep it on the court.
3. BE FIRST
Most referees will tell you that when an altercation takes place it’s the guy who hits second that gets in the most trouble. The trash-talk initiator sets the tone for the type of trash-talk that will take place. This way you can make sure it stays tasteful.
4. NONVERBAL GESTURES ARE OK TOO
You don’t always have to verbalize the fact that you’re embarrassing your opponent. Sometimes a simple headshake and smile says it all. Just remember rule No. 1.
5. KNOW WHEN TO QUIT
When the game is over so is your tirade. No sense in reminding your opponents that you gave them 40, trust us, they know. Just shake hands and keep it moving.