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.
BILL OF RIGHTS FOR YOUNG ATHLETES
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