Ped 565: Law and Policy Studies in Sport and Physical Edication

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Youth Sports are becoming increasingly popular with children beginning participation at very early levels. The article focused on the fact that youth sports were formed with the intent to help children develop both mental and physical fundamentals through proper instruction of qualified staff. Over the years youth sports have been drawn away from the values that the guidelines were originally formed around. The article mentioned that teamwork and loyalty which were the two primary goals of youth sports are no longer at the top of the priority list. The games have been turned into full competitions based solely on winning. Parents have become so focused on their child being the best that they end up pushing their children to extreme measures and the games are no longer enjoyable. Out of the 20 million children involved in youth sports, 70% of them drop out before the age of 13 years old (Spies, 2006). This means that the majority of children have given up on sports before entering high school. The article mentioned a variety of reasons for young athletes dropping out of youth sports. The most popular reasons involved the lack of enjoyment, improper instruction of fundamentals from unqualified coaches, pressure from parents and coaches, and the lack of opportunity to explore different areas of sports (Spies, 2006). At young ages children need to be able to get involved in more than one sport instead of parents pushing them to specialize in just one. The legal basis for which the article was based on is the failure to comply with statutes that apply to promoting teamwork and sportsmanship during youth sport competitions. According to Spies (2006) some states such as New Jersey adopted a statute in 2002 that forces parents to agree to a code of conduct before their child is permitted to participate in the intended sport. There is also the option for
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