Roles of Stakeholders
The National Standards for Youth Sports has come up with a general set of behavioural guides with identified stakeholders in mind. These guiding behaviours are based on the NSYS philosophy, which maintains that every youth should be given the opportunity to grow and develop in sports, have positive experiences and not be left out or behind.
Stakeholders are encouraged to use these examples as a frame for their practices, tailored to the varying sports contexts.
Coaches and Sports Instructors
Coaches and sports instructors are encouraged to be youth-centric, focusing on individual athlete’s development while making sure not to exclude any one player in the team. As youths look up to them, they are expected to serve as responsible role models who provide a safe environment at all times. Continual upgrading of skills is vital to their profession.
Sports Managers and Administrators
Fairness and transparency are crucial to the decision-making processes that sports managers and administrators undertake. They are encouraged to develop youth-centric polices as they work towards nurturing a safe and healthy environment for youth sports.
Spectators and General Public
Spectators and general public are those who support our youth athletes and encourage them to reach for greater heights. We encourage them to be respectful in their support, demonstrating positive behaviour as they spur our youth athletes on.
Parents, Guardians and Educators
Parents, guardians and educators play central roles in youth athletes’ lives. As such, we encourage them to serve as good role models who are encouraging, inclusive and respectful at all times. They are also advised to be watchful and alert, never compromising on safety. It is crucial for them to manage expectation as they applaud all efforts, so as to develop healthy attitudes towards sports. The National Standards for Youth Sports Parents’ Guide may be useful in providing further information for parents of youth athletes.
Members of the Media and Photographers
Members of the media are encouraged to be fair and sensitive, providing honest coverage that highlights the best sporting values. By avoiding sensationalism and seeking instead to inform and educate, the media can leave a positive impact on youth athletes, who will be better able to enjoy the best that competitive sports has to offer.
Corporate Organisations and Businesses
Corporations and businesses can get involved in youth sports by being ‘sports-friendly’ employers, supporting staff with strong sporting backgrounds or those with children who would benefit from sports. Corporations and business leaders are also in a position to use sports to drive people positively. Organisations can also inculcate sporting culture by organising sports movement or events with a category allocated to youths.
The NSYS aims to aims to promote a positive sporting experiences for youths. We encourage youths to have fun as they strive to be better at their chosen sports, play fair and be respectful of their teammates, officials, coaches and opponents while practising sports safety at all times. By sharing their experiences and applauding all efforts, we believe youths will take away the best that sports has to offer.
Sports Officials and Event/Competition Organisers
Recognising needs of the youth is critical to sports officials and event/competition organisers as they work towards promoting national standards in sports. By encouraging integrity and other healthy attitudes towards sports, they will positively impact youth athletes.