Principles and Standards

Principle 1

Place the Youth's Interest Before Yours

Standard 1 - Equal Opportunity
Every youth has an equal right and opportunity to play, regardless of ability, age, gender, race, economic status or any other social discriminator.

Standard 2 - Safety
Every youth has the right to play in a safe and non-threatening environment, free of injury or abuse.

Standard 3 - Proper Equipment
Every youth has the right to equipment that is in serviceable condition, suited for the task and purpose, and appropriate for his or her age and ability.

Principle 2

Be a Role Model

Standard 4 - Values
Every individual in youth sports must conduct himself or herself in a manner that demonstrates the values of friendship, respect, excellence, sportsmanship and fair play.

Standard 5 - Parental Involvement
Every parent or guardian must be pro-actively involved in their youth's participation in sports.

Standard 6 - Adequate Qualifications
Everyone who coaches or works in youth sports must be adequately trained and screened, and have the relevant experiences and skills.

Principle 3

Have Fun, Winning Isn't Everything

Standard 7 - Positive Experiences
Every sporting opportunity must engage youth and heighten their overall experience. 

Standard 8 - Holistic Development
Every youth has the right to, and will be provided with, holistic development in their participation in sports.

Standard 9 - No Harmful Substances
Every youth-sports environment will be free of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or any illegal performance enhancers.

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