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The Young Athlete's Bill of Rights

"Athletes First, Winning Second"
What is meant by this is quite simple: Every decision you make and every
behavior you display is based first on what you think is best for your athletes,
and second on what may improve the athlete's or team's chances of winning. It
is the philosophical foundation  for the "Bill of Rights for Young Athletes" which
is found below. We hope you do more than just read these Rights. Think
about how you can help ensure that each athlete keep them.

We all know that winning is out of perspective in some youth sports programs,
something which critics frequently like to point out. Some critics, in fact, are
urging that competitive sports programs be eliminated. Eliminating competition
will not put winning in proper perspective; that's "throwing out the baby with
the bath water" mentality. Competition is neither good nor evil as such; it is
merely a means by which we compare our abilities and efforts with others
under some agreed upon rules. Whether competition is healthy depends upon
how we compete and what significance we place on winning.
Right to participate in sports

Right to participate at a level commensurate with each child's maturity
and ability

Right to have qualified adult leadership

Right to play as a child and not as an adult

Right of children to share in the leadership and decision-making of their
sports participation

Right to participate in a safe and healthy environment

Right to proper preparation for participation in sports

Right to an equal opportunity to strive for success

Right to be treated with dignity

Right to have fun in sports
The Young
Athlete's Bill of