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Issue: August 2006
The Parents Association for Youth Sports: A Proactive Approach to Spectator Behavior Management
Across today’s youth sports landscape, unsportsmanlike behavior is occurring with alarming frequency. It is happening on the sidelines with out-of-control volunteer coaches and in the stands with overbearing parents. Sadly, this behavior has seeped onto the playing field and produced an ugly string of incidents involving youngsters, too. This article examines the growing problem of unsportsmanlike behavior in youth athletics and takes a look at the reasons behind this disturbing phenomenon. It also covers the steps that the National Alliance For Youth Sports has taken to address this problem by working closely with several state park and recreation agencies nationwide.
Article category: Sportsmanship in Youth Sports-Part 1