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California Park & Recreation Society
Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative

“We create positive youth sports experiences, better sports for kids, better kids for life”


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ادريس جاسم العبودي

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Ysi2005 Report By Idris Jassim Al Oboudi & Keith Fulthorp,990 1991 Idris Info To New Zealand  Australia Parks And Recreation, ادريس جاسم العبودي Ysi2005 Report By Idris Jassim Al Oboudi & Keith Fulthorp,990 1991 Idris Info To New Zealand Australia Parks And Recreation, ادريس جاسم العبودي Document Transcript

  • California Park & Recreation Society Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative “We create positive youth sports experiences, better sports for kids, better kids for life” By Mr. Idris Jassim Al-Oboudi Mr. Keith Fulthorp “We create positive youth sports experiences, better sports for kids, better kids for life” We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 1
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative Acknowledgements Many thanks to all the individuals and organizations that helped contribute to the California Park and Recreation Society’s Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative report. Your support and resources have contributed to the success of this document, and to the new vision for youth sports in California, and together, “We create positive youth sports experiences, better sports for kids, better kids for life!” Special thanks to Lisa Licata, Vice President, National Alliance for Youth Sports for all the support, resources, and trainings provided to the CPRS/NAYS Youth Sports and fitness taskforce. The National Alliance for Youth Sports and it’s staff have provided the bulk of the information presented in this report, specifically the Recommendations for Communities and the National Standards for Youth Sports. California Park and Recreation Society Youth Sports Taskforce Members:  Idris Al-Oboudi, Taskforce Chairman, Recreation Services Manager, City of Manhattan Beach  Jane H. Adams, Executive Director, California Recreation & Park Society  Lisa Licata, Vice President, National Alliance for Youth Sports  Mark Leyman, Recreation Services Manager, City of Manhattan Beach  Daniel Jassim, Recreation Supervisor, City of Culver City  Emanuel Escobar, LA County Parks and Recreation  Ellen O’Sullivan, Ph.D., Leisure Lifestyle Consulting  Keith Fulthorp, M.S. Redondo Union High School  Cameron Harding, Recreation Supervisor, City of Manhattan Beach Organizations: National Alliance for Youth Sports National Recreation and Park Association California Recreation and Park Society Leisure Lifestyle Consulting Oregon Recreation and Park Association We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 2
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative Table of Contents Topic Page Introduction 4 CPRS Goals for Youth Sports in California 5 CPRS Youth Sports Initiative Framework 6 Core Values 7 Vision 13 Mission 13 Trends and Opportunities 15 Core Competencies 15 Strategies 15 Performance Measures 16 Implementing the Youth Sports Initiative 17 National Alliance for Youth Sports Programs and Services 17 Community Recommendations 21 Implementing the Youth Sports Initiative, What’s in it for you? 24 What’s in it for your community? 24 What’s in it for your organization? 24 What’s in it for your parents and coaches? 25 Conclusion 25 Appendix 26 Minimum Standards for Youth Sports in California 27 Implementation Checklist 31 Example Forms 32 Rights and Responsibilities in Youth Sports 41 We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 3
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative California Park & Recreation Society Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative Introduction community and quality of life through people, Increasingly, news reports acrossCalifornia parks and programs.” include reports of incidents surrounding youth sports. Whether it’s an argument between parent CPRS, in partnership with the National spectators, parents and coaches, coaches and Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS), created parents, coaches and officials, youth participants the Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative with the and any combination of parents, coaches, intention of developing a model plan for officials and other participants, the message is implementing three key community clear: Parks and recreation departments and recommendations identified by NAYS and the youth sports agencies in California areplagued National Recreation and Park Association with unpleasant youth sports experiences, (NRPA) in a 2001 report titled reports of violence, and in 2005 one alleged Recommendations for Communities: argument that resulted in a fatality. Raising community standards in children’s sports. The report can be obtained by While many parks and recreation professionals contacting CPRS or NAYS, and begins with an may agree there are many challenges facing overview of children’s sports in the United youth sports today, few have a unified vision of States. It examines the purpose of youth sports, how to create positive sports environments for takes a look at how they are structured in youth. To gauge California Park & Recreation today’s society, and explains the valuable role Society’s members understanding of the they play in a child’s physical and problem, CPRS conducted a youth sports survey psychological development. It then overviews in 2003. According to the survey results, the top problems and issues affecting youth sports, issues youth sports administrators reported identifies primary factors are behind these struggling with included: parental misbehavior; problems, and what steps can be taken to conflict management; alternatives for teens and change the culture of children’s sports. The pre-teens; volunteer recruitment, background document concludes with the recommendations checks and training; redefining winning; and for Communities and suggestions for youth participant misbehavior. implementing them in a community. The recommendations include: In an effort to address the top five issues as reported respondents to the 2003 survey, CPRS 1. Adopting a community philosophy began exploring options for creating a more that makes youth sports safe and positive youth sports climate in California, positive for children. which has led to the CPRS Youth Sports and 2. Appointing a professional youth Fitness Initiative (YSFI) The initiative . sports administrator to ensure mimics the CPRS VIP plan, aligning a new adherence to the philosophy. framework that specifically targets youth sports 3. Holding everyone associated with and fitness issues within communities. The the program accountable for their resulting vision behavior. “We create positive youth sports experiences, better sports for kids, better kids for life” directly supports the VIP vision “We create We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 4
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative The objectives of the CRPS Youth Sports and 3. To ensure that California's youth sports Fitness Initiative are to: Create a clear vision programs that are supported by local tax and programming framework for positively dollars are planned so that they are open impacting the culture of youth sports in to all children, regardless of race, creed, California; to help youth sports agencies sex, economic status or ability; and that implement the three NAYS recommendations; financial assistance shall be found for to connect players, parents, coaches, officials those unable to afford to participate. and league with vital training resources and current youth sports related information offered The philosophy of the CPRS & NAYS Youth through NAYS. Sports and Fitness Initiative is to partner and collaborate with statewide cities and youth CPRS overall goals for youth sports in sports organizations to provide a positive, self- California: esteem character building youth sports environment. To create a culture where 1. For California's youth to participate in honoring the game, respecting one’s self, organized sports activities that embody teammates, coaches, officials, opponents, the standards for youth sports as parents and fans is the norm, not the exception. articulated in the “Recommendations for Ultimately, the purpose if the YSFI is to help Raising Community Standards” report. agencies in California implement these community recommendations, communicating 2. To encourage California's youth in the our common vision: development of a lifetime association with physical activity, healthy lifestyles, quot;We Create Positive Youth Sports and individual fitness. Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Lifequot; “We create positive youth sports experiences, better sports for kids, better kids for life” We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 5
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 6
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative YSFI Framework Overview sports for children. The faculty studied the role of the parent in youth sports from the The CPRS Youth Sports Initiative includes a educational, physical, emotional and social framework aligned with the CPRS Vision, aspect of youth sport involvement. Insight, and Planning (VIP) framework to help guide the implementation of the While sport for children is generally a positive recommendations for communities as well as to experience, too often, history has shown that provide vision and direction for youth sports youth leagues have been created with an professionals. Each section presented here is atmosphere of professionalism, e.g. the intended to serve as recommendations for vicarious parent, the overzealous coach, leagues improving the culture of youth sports within any organized with championships as their main program, organization, or community. focus continue to exist. The National Standards for Youth Sports were developed to provide all Core Values youth groups with a focus on what is best for The National Standards for Youth Sports, children in their growing, learning years. The developed through the National Alliance for National Standards for Youth Sports place in Youth Sports serve as the recommended core motion a national policy for children’s sports. values for all youth sports programs within a With leagues initiating the implementation of community. These standards tie directly into the these Standards, parents can feel confident that CPRS Youth Sports Taskforce’s vision youth sports will truly be a positive social statement “We create positive sports experience for their child. experiences, better sports for kids, better kids for life!” The National Standards for Youth Sports were CORE VALUE #1 PROPER SPORTS developed by Forty-eight of the nation’s leading ENVIRONMENT experts representing a vast variety of disciplines Parents must consider and carefully choose the affecting youth sports from academic proper environment for their child, including the institutions to grass root organizations who appropriate age and development for assembled in Washington D.C. Their goal was participation, the type of sport, the rules of the to develop standards that all parents should sport, the age range of the participants and the follow in developing and administering youth proper level of physical and emotional stress. Background: There are a wide variety of youth elite and recreational play categories, single age sports experiences available to children. Some and multi-age participation ranges and of these begin as early as five years of age and instructional to highly organized and include both collision and non-collision sports, competitive programs. We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 7
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative making decisions. The level and length of Rationale: Because all children physically and athletic competition should be commensurate emotionally mature at different rates, parents with the physical and emotional development of must evaluate very carefully their child’s youth the child. sports experience. Implementation: Implementation: 1. Leagues will organize programs using  Leagues will establish a minimum play the following guidelines: rule per game for all children regardless A. 5 to 6 Year Old - Developmental of ability. Leagues will establish a Program minimum play rule of a minimum of  No regular competitive teams 25% of the game with 50% of the game  Scores and/or standings not kept being strongly recommended for all  Rules, equipment, and field children regardless of ability modified  Leagues will organize programs within a  Limit uniforms to T-shirt and hat two-year range, such as 5-6, 7-8, 9-10,  No scheduled leagues, 11-12, etc. tournament or all-star  Leagues will allow post-season play only competition for regular season teams and not engage  Leagues and coaches not in choosing post-season all-star teams. permitted to require sports  Leagues will establish a policy for not specialization cutting players and will provide an  Co-rec. play opportunity for meaningful play for all  No travel children.  Coaches permitted on playing  If awards are given, leagues will give surface participation awards and reduce B. 7 to 8 Year Old - Sports emphasis on competitive trophies. Introduction Program  League standings will not be used below  Informal teams the age of nine and will be de-  Scores and standings not kept emphasized below the age of thirteen by using techniques such as publishing only  Rules, equipment and fields end-of-season results. modified  Limited uniforms CORE VALUE #2 PROGRAMS BASED ON  No tournament, post-season play THE WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN or all-star competition Parents must select youth sports programs that  Co-rec. play encouraged are developed and organized to enhancethe  Travel within local community emotional, physical, social and educational well only being of children.  Coaches permitted on playing surface Background: Many organized play experiences  Leagues and coaches not for children are carbon copies of adult-oriented permitted to require sports programs. The rules, skill expectations and specialization competitive requirements are the same as in high C. 9 to 10 Year Old - school, college and professional levels. Organizational Program  Scores kept but standings de- Rationale: Youth sports programs should be emphasized based on maximum participation. The program  Rules, equipment, and fields should focus on organizing meaningful play. modified where necessary Coaches should let children be involved in We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 8
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative  No out-of-community pos t policies dealing with drug, tobacco and steroid season play use and emphasizing prevention through  Travel within local community education. Parents, league administrators, and only coaches should be taught what to look for in  No national tournament abuse of these drugs and know how to access participation community resources for assistance on drug-  Leagues and coaches not related problems. permitted to require sports specialization Implementation: D. 11 to 12 Year Old - Skill  Leagues will adopt rules prohibiting the Enhancement Program use of alcohol, illegal substances or  Reasonable uniform policy tobacco by coaches, league administrators or game officials at all  Limited ability grouping used youth sports events. with proper grouping procedures  Leagues will provide coaches and  Encourage a variety of position parents educational information on and situational play identifying signs and symptoms for 2. Coaches will be required not to teach the substance use by children. use of sports to punish opponents through physical contact or excessive  Leagues will establish policy and score domination. implementation procedures for 3. League or coaches must not require immediately dealing with substance use year-around participation. by coaches and players and 4. Leagues must adopt rules banning rapid communicate these policies to coaches, weight loss/gain procedures used solely players, and parents. for participation in youth sports.  Leagues will continually encourage 5. Children below the age of 11 should dialogue between coaches, players and participate in activities that contain parents about the need for an alcohol, limited collision potential and feature tobacco and drug-free environment for modified rules that will significantly children. reduce the chances of injury. 6. Leagues must consider weight and skill CORE VALUE #4 PART OF A CHILD’S LIFE in grouping children. Parents must recognize that youth sports are 7. Coaches must apply proper princip of les only a small part of a child’s life. conditioning and nutrition. Background: The foundation for human CORE VALUE #3 DRUG, TOBACCO & development occurs during the early years of ALCOHOL-FREE ENVIRONMENT life. Individuals are exposed to many different Parents must encourage a drug, tobacco and learning situations to increase their potential for alcohol-free environment for their children. successful development. Background: Pressures and opportunities for Rationale: Parents, coaches and league children to be involved in drug, tobacco and administrators need to encourage children to be alcohol abuse has increased to crisis proportions involved in a variety of activities while during the past decades. Unsupervised social recognizing that the home, church, school and a interaction and unknowledgeable adult variety of other social experiences are all a part leadership have contributed to the problem. of a child’s growth and development. Parents must respect a child’s decision not to play. Rationale: Coaches and parents must be Coaches and parents must realize that youth educated about all drugs, including performance sports involvement also has ramifications for the enhancement chemicals. Leagues should have entire family. Parents should insist that youth We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 9
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative sports participation not detract from the child’s  League administrators and officials must academic progress. also be trained in the aforementioned areas. Implementation:  Leagues must use appropriate and  Leagues will adopt a policy that allows available screening techniques for for and encourages participation in a selecting and assigning coaches to variety of youth activities in addition to ensure that children are protected from the child’s particular sport. abuse.  Leagues and coaches will not demand  Leagues are encouraged to provide year-around involvement in a particular additional educational resources for sport as a condition for meaningful coaches to assist them in providing the participation. best possible youth sports experience for  Leagues will establish rules that limit each child. organized practices to no more than 1  All coaches must sign a code of ethics hour a day and three days a week pledging their commitment to provide an through the age of 12 and not more than enjoyable, healthful youth sports 1 1/2 hours and four days a week experience. through the age of 16.  Leagues will adopt a policy that make Core Value #6 PARENTS’ ACTIVE ROLE provisions for excused absences through Parents must make a serious effort to take an parental requests for church, school, and active role in the youth sports experience of other family activities. their child providing positive support as a spectator, coach, league administrator and/or CORE VALUE #5 TRAINING caring parent. Parents must insist that coaches be trained and certified by a recognized program (recommend Background: Many parents pass their NAYS, PCA, ASETP, AYSO Safe Haven youngsters over to others, relying on someone program for soccer) else to take responsibility for their child’s youth sports experience. Background: Sports participation can lead to harm if those responsible have no training. In Rationale: Parents are the keys. They need to most cases, youth sports organizations allow demonstrate the positive benefits of a youth volunteers to coach without performing any sports experience by attending games, practices, background check. or team social events; or by just expressing their positive support. Parents should discuss with Rationale: Parents should insist that coaches are their child why the child is participating and educated in the following areas: psychological help him/her in evaluating his/her experience. and emotional needs of children, safety and first aid, conditioning and nutrition, teaching proper Implementation: sports techniques and drug awareness.  Parents will be required to attend a league orientation meeting. This may be Implementation: one-on-one with a league official, if  Leagues will require that coaches be necessary. annually trained and certified in the  Teams will be required to have a areas of the emotional needs of children, minimum of one team/parents’ meeting safety and first aid, conditioning and prior to each sports season. nutrition, teaching proper sport  Leagues will advertise parental techniques and drug and tobacco involvement in roles such as coach, team education. manager, fund-raiser, league manager, special assistant, and fan. We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 10
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative  Leagues will encourage parent-child communication about their youth sports Background: Individuals that sign experience through newsletters, team commitments are usually more positive and meetings, coach-parent and coach-player supportive of their children. discussions, and league handbooks or guidelines. Rationale: The parents should be knowledgeable of the opportunities and Core Value #7 POSITIVE ROLE MODELS responsibilities for having their child involved in Parents must be a positive role model exhibiting youth sports. They should also be requested to sportsmanlike behavior at games, practices, and demonstrate their commitmentby signing a code home while giving positive reinforcement to which outlines the opportunities their child their child and support to their child’s coaches. should have through participation, as well as the responsibility the parent has in supporting the Background: Children will follow the example youth sports experience. of the adult role model and in particular, the parent. Children will copy or imitate their Implementation: parents’ sports behavior, including the  Participation will not be allowed for development of values based on that behavior. parents or guardians who refuse to sign the parental code of ethics. Rationale: If the youth sports experience is to be a positive one for each child, parents must Core Value #9 SAFE PLAYING SITUATIONS demonstrate sportsmanlike behavior as a fan, Parents must insist on safe playing facilities, coach, and league administrator. They need to healthful playing situations and proper first aid encourage fun, give lots of praise for the little applications, should the need arise. successes along the way and, when a child makes a mistake, separate the mistake from the Background: Children participating in youth child. Parents need to encourage peer support sports are exposed to a variety of facilities, and give positive verbal support to team training programs and organized risk taking members, opponents and coaches of their child. opportunities. Most adult leaders do not have coaching degrees or a university coaching Implementation: certification.  Leagues will develop a sportsmanship/conduct code including Rationale: Coaches and league administrators unacceptable behavior: have the responsibility to inspect and insure  Berating players, coaches, proper maintenance of facilities; have officials knowledge of proper equipment fitting, selection  Use of vulgar language and appropriate use; understand the physical  Intoxication consequence of improper skill techniques; have the ability to modify rules for safe-playing  Leagues will communicate conduct situations; understand the physical need for a requirements to coaches, parents, players proper child-oriented conditioning program; and spectators through newsletters, understand proper weight control practices and handbooks, posting, and announcements. have knowledge of prevention and first aid for  Leagues will develop an enforcement athletic injuries, including the ability to plan for implementing a sportsmanship implement emergency procedures. code, including removal procedures. Implementation: Core Value #8 PARENTAL COMMITMENT  Leagues will develop procedures for Parents must demonstrate their commitmentto inspecting playing facilities for safety their child’s youth sports experience by annually signing a parental code of ethics. We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 11
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative hazards before every youth sports Rationale: All children must have the activity. opportunity to play regardless of race, creed,  Leagues will select equipment designed sex, economic status or ability. The coaches and to ensure injury reduction for league officials should recognize sex/role participants, (e.g. baseballs designed to stereotyping and demand that racial prejudice of reduce injuries, soccer shin guards, any type be prohibited. Every effort should be approved protective equipment in made to provide financial assistance to those contact sports). youngsters unable to afford participation,  Leagues will be required to develop including the cost of safe equipment. Adult procedures for continual safety youth sports leaders must teach a tolerance of, inspections of all playing equipment. and respect for, people of all abilities, sizes,  Leagues will ensure that teams have a shapes, colors, cultural and economic fully equipped first aid kit at all youth backgrounds. Youth sports should be a growth, sports activities. rather than a limiting, experience.  Leagues will develop a plan for coaches on how to handle all emergenciesat Implementation: youth sports activities.  Leagues must adopt a non-  Leagues will establish procedures to discrimination policy that ensures ensure that all teams and events have an participation for all youngsters emergency first aid plan and equipment regardless of race, creed, sex, economic for dealing with injuries, hazards and status or ability. weather conditions.  Leagues will make provisions so that all  Leagues will not allow participation youngsters may be able to participate during unsafe conditions, such as regardless of their financial ability to lightening storms, darkness, playing sites pay. in disrepair, etc.  Leagues are encouraged to provide co-  Leagues will remove coaches that recreational programs through age 12. knowingly require or allow a player to  Leagues will adopt an affirmative action play while having a serious injury or coaching recruitment policy that will knowingly create unsafe play situations. provide for the recruitment and selection  Leagues should require at least one of qualified women and minorities. coach per team regularly attending practices and games to take CPR and Core Value #11 DRUG, TOBACCO & ALCOHOL- advanced first aid training FREE ADULTS Parents as coaches, fans, and league Core Value #10 EQUAL PLAY OPPORTUNITY administrators must be drug, tobacco and Parents, coaches, and league administrators must alcohol-free at youth sports activities. provide equal sports play opportunity for all youth regardless of race, creed, sex, economic Background: Sports participation has long status or ability. been characterized as a means of developing character and positive values. Recent Background: The cost of participation in youth information indicates that competitive pressures, sports has risen dramatically during the past negative sports peer group associations and several years as have the number of single unhealthy adult role models may actually parent families. Although sports opportunities increase the risk of drug, tobacco and alcohol for girls and racial minorities have improved, use among youth participants. many adults still fail to recognize the contribution of the youth sports experience for Rationale: Because of the influence they exert, all children. parents involved in youth sports should understand that they must refrain from substance We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 12
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative use, including smoking, alcohol consumption, chewing tobacco and illegal drugs at games, Participants generally understand the physical practices and other youth sports events. and health related benefits of youth sports Healthful role modeling should lead the way in participation, and communicating the CPRS influencing youngsters to avoid drug, tobacco Youth Sports Initiative vision opens participants and alcohol use. to the social and emotional benefis as well. t While less publicized, these social/emotional Implementation: benefits may even create more significant  Leagues will require coaches, league experiences for youth than physical benefits. administrators and game officials to The Vision of the CPRS Youth Sports Initiative refrain from the use of alcohol, illegal connects with 8 recommended mission areas substances and tobacco at youth sports that will help change the culture of youth sports, events. as well as encompass the national standards.  Leagues will require that alcohol will not be sold or allowed to be brought into Mission youth sports games and practices.  Leagues will encourage spectators not to Youth sports programs and organizations within use tobacco at youth sports events. communities implementing the CPRSYouth  Leagues will develop an enforcement Sports Taskforce recommendations are plan for removing coaches, parents and encouraged to target these 8 mission areas and spectators who are under the influence of communicate how their programs and services alcohol or illegal substances. are accomplishing their mission, vision, and standards. These eight mission areas are intended to help youth sports agencies focus their efforts in accomplishing the Initiative’s Vision, as Vision well as put the CPRS VIP Vision and mission into action. These mission areas may also serve These 11 core values tie directly into the CPRS as public awareness statements that Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative vision: “We organizations can use in their marketing and create positive youth sports experiences, better promotional campaigns regarding the benefit s sports for kids, better kids for life.” Adopting and positive impacts of their services to their this vision, and communicating it to participants, communities. parents, coaches, and key community stakeholders helps professionalize youth sports organizations. Community members begin to gain a deeper understanding of the benefits of sports participation that extend beyond the obvious. We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 13
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative Most importantly, these mission areas serve to accountable for their behaviors when guide youth sports agencies in the development involved in youth sports activities of new and improved youth sports programs and  We facilitate services. Agencies can target specific mission player/parent/coach/official training areas through creating new or revitalizing old and development: by requiring programs to address specific needs within a membership in NAYS programs and community. For example, a department may services we facilitate skills building decide to target “improve youth fitness and clinics, coaching clinics, and parent nutrition” through providing participant before participation clinics; provide access to and after surveys that seek to identify levels of on-line clinics through NAYS. These nutrition awareness before and after training are ongoing and up to date with participation in a youth sports program, then new and improved techniques and communicating the results of the survey to resources to help insure positive sports community members. experiences.  We improve youth fitness and Youth sports organizations and programs create nutrition: through; providing community and quality of life by creating opportunities to participate in leagues, positive sports experiences: programs, and classes; encouraging healthy snacks at practices and events;  We provide recreation youth sports providing access to health related opportunities: Youth sports agencies, information and services organizations and programs throughout  We reduce obesity in youth: through California create opportunities for youth engaging youth in positive experiences to engage in sports experiences through in recreational sports that encourage life leagues, skill development classes, long participation and active lifestyle recreational tournaments and more. choices.  We increase youth sports participation:  We strengthen youth sports image and through connecting with the changing value to the community: by requiring needs of diverse communities and training for coaches and officials; by changing interests of youth within our mandating background checks forall communities; through offering a menu of coaches, officials and volunteers. sports activities; and by making sure  We support professional growth in participants have fun, meet new friends youth sports leadership: by encouraging and learn new skills youth sports professionals to attend  We teach fair play and good clinics and youth sports conferences; by sportsmanship: by encouraging presenting clinics and sessions at youth participants, parents, coaches, and sports conferences; and by encouraging officials to adhere to standards of attendance NAYS annual trainings and participation; by informing all of the workshops. rights and responsibilities in youth sports; and by holding individuals Trends/Opportunities We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 14
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative Youth sports organizations need to be aware of key trends and opportunities that exist within the venue of their communities. The National Alliance for Youth Sports updates resources so that youth sports professionals have access to important information that helps shape programs on a national, state, and local level. Understanding and forecasting trends wi hin t communities will help ensure that youth sports programs are meeting the ever changing needs of youth. Access to recent trends data provides Core Competencies are defined by CPRS as strategic opportunities for organizations. For being special skills and abilities of recreation example, the Women’s Sports Foundation professionals. The CPRS Youth Sports and reports that girls are more likely than boys to Fitness Initiative core competencies are those drop out of sports by the age of 12. The that specifically align with the VIP and are also California Center for Public Health and specific to youth sports professionals. Advocacy reports that chil hood obesity is at an d Connecting with the National Alliance for all time high, even though youth sports Youth Sports will help youth sports participation has risen over past decade. professionals develop the needed core competencies recommended by the CPRS Youth Most importantly, NAYS reports that youth Sports and Fitness Initiative. Some of the more sports violence and negative youth sports immediate needed competencies relate to an experiences by participants, parents, coaches agency wide understanding of the core values of and officials is wide spread, and California is the Initiative, the three NAYS community not unaffected. Recent incidents in 2005 have recommendations, and all the beneficial led the City of Manhattan Beach to pursue programs and services NAYS has to offer youth implementing the NAYS community sports agencies in California. recommendations with in their sports programs, and the tragic incident in Palmdale that resulted Strategies in a fatality still haunts youth sports agencies state wide. Seeking updated informatio fromn Strategies for developing these competencies, NAYS, NRPA, and CPRS provides youth sports achieving the recommended mission areas, agencies with unique opportunities to positively communicating the recommendedvision and impact the climate and culture of sports aligning youth sports programs in your programs within their communities. Turning community with the National Standards are these trends into opportunities requires youth adapted directly from the VIP framework. sports professionals to become aware of specific resources and competencies they already have, and those that are still needed. Core Competencies The CPRS Youth Sports Taskforce Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative Framework We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 15
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative provides a recommended outline for improving release forms, safety procedures, staff youth sports in communities within California. recruitment and selection.; design and document desired outcomes (see below)  Communicating the vision: Includes  Impacting public policy: Policy makers marketing the vision statement “We passing the recommended resolution, create positive sports experiences, adopting the recommended youth sports better sports for kids, better kids for philosophy; changing facility use life,” to both internal and external requirements, permits, and fees. stakeholders, community members, players, coaches, parents, and officials. Adopt the recommended resolution and philosophy for youth sports in your community. Performance Measures:  Forming Partnerships: Contact the National Alliance for Youth Sports, Evaluating your organizations youth sports establish a NAYS chapter in your programs and events is an integral component of organization; partner with existing sports successfully impacting the culture of sports in agencies and programs, and local school your community. While some professionals districts. may be wary of the task, effective program  Expanding Professional evaluation will help forecast important trends, Competencies: Attend youth sports help better meet customer expectations and conferences, utilize NAYS training needs, and help justify continued support of opportunities; promote and facilitate your programs by internal and external clinics for coaches, officials and parents stakeholders both ideologically and financially. of your programs.  Strengthen the youth sports and Specific performance measures or program fitness ethic: Require background evaluation criteria will vary depending upon the checks for coaches and volunteers of nature of the youth sports agency, as well as the your youth sports programs; hire well level within the organization the individual has qualified coaches and officials; mandate who is performing the evaluation. One key training by a recognized organization for program evaluation outcome must be results ALL coaches, league administrators, based: why or how are participants different parents and officials; involve internal because of their participation in your program or and external stakeholders. service.  Documenting results: develop, distribute, and analyze and interpret Recommended and potential results based participant surveys; track participation evaluative outcomes for community may increases/decreases; track facility use include: degree that participants gained skill requests, maintenance needs, space because of participation in a class (pre and post allocation; injury reports, complaints, surveys) extent to which participants benefited negative experiences, positive because of participation: increased fitness, experiences; generate benefit based data: reporting more positive experiences than before why and how are participants different participation; decreases in reported negative because of your programs and services. incidents or violence; recruitment efforts of coaches and volunteers; economic impacts on  Documenting best practices: community businesses. Implementing the 3 NAYS recommendations; implementing the Agencies may also measure professional National Standards for Youth Sports; outcomes of programs and services. Some documenting staff training efforts; evaluation criteria may include: number of facility use requirements, contracts, We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 16
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative coaches attending clinics; financial benefits; based youth sport programs facilitate these impacts on fields and facilities, etc. These programs. criteria may change depending upon the nature of the programs being evaluated as well as the Administrators diversity of the agencies offering the programs. Two national training programs — the Academy For Youth Sports Administrators and the Implementing the YSFI National Youth Sports Administrators Association (NYSAA) serve professional and CPRS, in partnership with the National Alliance volunteer youth sports administrators who run, for Youth Sports (NAYS), created the Youth supervise, and/or provide facilities for Sports and Fitness Initiative with the intention of organized, out-of-school children’s sports developing a model plan for implementing three programs all over the country. Professionals can key community recommendations identified by earn their Certified Youth Sports Administrator NAYS as mentioned earlier in this report. The (CYSA) credential by successfully completing Recommendations for Communities that the comprehensive training that is available on- appear in this document represent a consensus of site or online. More than 900 professionals have what professionals in the youth sports field earned their CYSA credential to date. Volunteer firmly believe need to be the course of action community members (usually parents) who run taken to return youth sports to their rightful their own independent programs or leagues and place, and alter the failing atmosphere that set the standards for the children in their care looms over many programs. They address how can become members of NYSAA. These communities can change the culture of youth Alliance programs are critical to improving sports and resurrect a fun and stress-free playing youth sports because around 90% of youth sport environment for youngsters by focusing on administrators receive training “on the job” reform, education and accountability. These rather than through structured training Recommendations outline aggressive steps that opportunities. are aimed at mending a multitude of problems – such as over-aggressive parents, untrained Coaches league administrators and win-at-all-cost youth NAYS’s largest program, the National Youth coaches – that are leaving an indelible mark on Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA), provides programs. Understanding the programs and training to adults who volunteer to coach youth services offered by NAYS is the first step in sports teams through 3,300 community-based implementing the NAYS/NRPA chapters. Volunteers receive what is often their Recommendations for Communities. only training experience through the NYSCA program. Approximately 180,000 individuals NAYS Programs and services from around the country attend NYSCA clinics each year and become NYSCA certified The National Alliance For Youth Sports offers coaches. These individuals are usually mothers its established programs throughout the year at and fathers with a variety of different income our 3,300 community-based chapters that exist levels who have young chi dren involved in l among Park & Recreation Departments, Boys & organized, out-of-school youth sports programs. Girls Clubs, Police Athletic Leagues, YMCAs, Approximately 1.4 million coaches have military installations and other independent received training through NYSCA since its youth service organizations. Alliance programs inception, impacting over 25 million kids are offered in communities that represent a involved in youth sports. diverse range of inner city areas, rural regions, suburbs, military bases, and towns across Parents America. More than 6,000 professionals in the Parents who have children involved in park & recreation field who work for organized, out-of-school youth sports programs municipalities and/or volunteers for community- are also served by the Alliance through the We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 17
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative Parents Association for Youth Sports (PAYS). the area of youth sports. Experts from around This program, which is implemented through the world present information wihin their t local leagues, reaches mothers and fathers from specialization as it affects youth sports. By the a wide cross-section of socioeconomic and close of this educational event, attendees will ethnic backgrounds who are united in their have received information and resourcesto desire to provide their children with a safe and provide better youth sport opportunities within positive experience in youth sports. The PAYS their own communities. The 2005 International program is offered in 450 communities. Youth Sports Congress will be held in Denver, Colorado September 15-18, 2005. Certifying Professional Administrators Training for Volunteer Coaches (NYSCA) (ACADEMY) The National Youth Sports Coaches Association The Academy for Youth Sports Administrators is a membership organization and the most is a unique educational opportunity that builds widely used volunteer coach training program in the body of knowledge among administrators the nation, having educated more than 2.0 and decision makers in youth sports. The million coaches since its inception in 1981. Academy is a 20-hour certification program More than 3,000 community-based designed to help raise the professionalism of organizations offer this program. To become a youth sports administration. The Academy is member, coaches must (1) participate in an the only opportunity for youth sports NYSCA interactive video training clinic (2) administrators to earn the “Certified Youth successfully complete an exam and (3) sign a Sports Administrator” (CYSA) credential, and pledge committing to uphold the NYSCA Code has been qualified by the International of Ethics - members not adhering to the NYSCA Association for Continuing Education and Code of Ethics, as determined by the local Training (IACET) as an authorized CEU chapter, may have their membership revoked. provider. The Academy is also available as an NYSCA member benefits include excess online training and networking opportunity. insurance coverage, a quarterly publication, the Upon completion of the Academy, participants option to add on a comprehensive screening and earn 2.0 CEU’s. To maintain the certification, criminal background check program, plus a CYSA's must complete at least 10 hours (1.0 variety of other benefits. CEU) of continuing education every two years - specific to youth sports administration. The NYSCA Initial Level Membership: Introduction National Alliance For Youth Sports will to coaching youth sports program maintain your CEU transcript. To earn a CEU’s, To become a member, coaches participate in an you may attend NAYS Annual International NYSCA interactive video training clinic, Youth Sports Congress, take a course at a local successfully complete an exam and sign a accredited college, or attend courses or pledge committing them to uphold the NYSCA conferences through your Recreation and Parks Code of Ethics. The membership fee is $20. Association. The sessions must pertain to youth sports or your professional development in the The first part of an NYSCA clinic is to view the field of Parks and Recreation. Introduction to Coaching Youth Sports video, which is a general training video for all coaches, International Youth Sports Congress and then they view a sports-specific video. (CONGRESS) Each year the International Youth Sports NYSCA training sessions will teach about such Congress brings together park and recreation important topics as: professionals, military youth sports directors and private league administrators from the field of · positive coaching philosophy for youth youth sports. This event is also open to the sports general public and addresses specific top in ics · how to conduct fun, effective practices We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 18
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative · sport-specific fundamentals topic areas. The course also includes over 430 · injury prevention and treatment links to drills and skills in 21 different sports. · the importance of role modeling for The cost of the online Gold Level Certified children Coach Course is $60. Sport specific orientation in the following Youth Sports Parent Orientation (PAYS) sports: baseball, softball, t-ball, basketball, The Parents Association For Youth Sports is a soccer, flag football, football, cheerleading, membership organization for parents promoting hockey, in-line hockey, lacrosse, etc. positive sports. PAYS helps parents better understand their roles and responsibilities in At the end of each NYSCA clinic, coaches must supporting the league goals, the coaches and the (1) pass an exam that tests their understanding kids involved in youth sports. To become a of the information conveyed in the clinic and (2) member, parents must (1) participate in a PAYS sign a pledge committing them to uphold a Code interactive video training clinic and (2) sign a of Ethics. NYSCA holds coaches fully pledge committing to uphold the PAYS Code of accountable to the standards set by the Code. Ethics. PAYS member benefits include a parent handbook, a quarterly publication, plus a variety Coaches will receive training, continuing of other benefits. Annual membership dues for education through quarterly issues of its PAYS are $5. PAYS clinics occur in the local magazine. While acting in the capacity as a community and online at www.nays.org. volunteer coach, members receive $1,000,000 excess liability insurance coverage for Guidance and Support for Volunteer membership during year one. Each membership Administrators (NYSAA) year thereafter, NYSCA members receive The National Youth Sports $2,000,000 excess liability insurance coverage Administrators Association is a along with $250,000 excess Accident/Medical membership organization for volunteers insurance coverage while acting in the capacity responsible for the planning and as a volunteer coach. The Alliance shall implementation of out-of-school sports maintain the NYSCA member coaches in their programs. The NYSAA works to assist national database and provide updated volunteer administrators, league information as required. presidents and board members in their efforts to set high standards and provide NYSCA Continuing Membership Program: a safe, positive experience for the youth After completing the introduction to coaching they serve. youth sports program, coaches will receive a renewal notice for continuing their membership The Alliance will provide all materials (received prior to their membership’s expiration necessary for staff to train the volunteer date). To continue membership, the member league board members. This training is resigns the Coaches Code of Ethics Pledge and designed for volunteer board members remits the annual $20 membership fee. and administrators overseeing specific youth sport programs. The program consists of an interactive video clinic that provides a child first youth sports Gold Level Certified Coach: philosophy. There is an overview of NYSCA members can now obtain a higher level volunteer coach, parent and youth issues of education through the Gold Level Certified and a Journal addressing many of the Coach Course. This web-designed course, topics that challenge administrators. created specifically for NYSCA members who Participants sign and are held desire to increase their coaching knowledge, accountable to the NYSAA delivers an e-learning experience in eight key Administrator’s Code of Ethics pledge. We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 19
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative Volunteer administrators will receive since they develop a more clear understanding $1,000,000 excess liability insurance of how to best work with children in a sports coverage and $2,000,000 aggregate environment. Start Smart currently offers sport coverage in Directors and Officers specific programs in baseball, soccer, basketball, liability insurance while acting in the football and golf. capacity as an administrator. The Alliance shall maintain the NYSAA member administrators in their national database and provide updated information quarterly. Annual membership dues for NYSAA are $20. Training for Officials (NYSOA) The National Youth Sports Officials Association is a membership organization for volunteer game officials to better understand their roles and responsibilities when officiating youth sports. To become a member, officials must (1) participate in an NYSOA interactive video training clinic (2) successfully complete the exam and (3) sign a pledge committing to uphold the NYSOA Code of Ethics. NYSOA member benefits include a quarterly publication, excess liability insurance coverage, plus a variety of other benefits. Early Skill Development (Start Smart Sports Development) The Start Smart Sports Development Program brings parents and children ages 3 and older together to work on pre-sports skills such as catching, kicking, throwing and batting in a fun, non-threatening environment. The six-lesson Start Smart curriculum teaches parents how to best work with their children to develop motor skills that will give both parent and child a positive and successful start in sports. Early Sport-specific Skill Development (Start Smart; Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Football and Golf) The Start Smart Sports-specific Programs teach parents and their children basic motor skills development and sport specific skills while preparing the child for organized sports participation. Start Smart sport specific programs teach children the most basic concepts of the game, which creates better participants. Parents who participate in the program are also more likely to volunteer to coach in the future We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 20
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative positive and fun environment for youth and Implementing the NAYS Community their families to participate, we must raise the Recommendations standards among the users of our City's youth sports facilities; and the Recommendation #1: Adopt a community Recommendations For Communities that philosophy that makes youth sports safe and were derived from the National Summit on positive for children. Raising Community Standards in Children's Sports outlines a comprehensive community Implementing the first recommendation involves strategy to assist us in meeting these a three-step process. The first step is to gain a objectives. clear understanding of current issues that challenge youth sports in your community and We have appointed a qualified professional identifying stakeholders within your community youth sports administrator who has been that you can partner with to address these issues. trained and certified to oversee all organized Providing these stakeholders with the CPRS youth sports programs to ensure a high Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative Framework standard among the users of the community's will educate them about your organizations facilities and we believe that league efforts. organizers and administrators should be educated on how to provide a safe, positive The second step involves developing a and fun youth sports environment before philosophy that meets your community’s needs. being granted permits to use facilities. Many challenges exist within in this step, and can be time-consuming. It is recommended that We believe volunteer coaches and parents agencies adopt or edit and adopt the should receive orientation and education as to collaborative CPRS and NAYS youth sports their individual roles and responsibilities in philosophy provided in this report. Editing and our effort to raise the standard of youth adopting simply means utilizing the basic sports programs and that volunteer coaches outline of the philosophy and molding it to fit and parents be accountable for their the specific needs of the youth sports programs behaviors. within your community and within your agency. We believe young children must be given the Recommended Youth Sports Philosophy: opportunity to develop motor skills and sports specific knowledge with their parents We (insert agency, program or department in a structured program before they enter name) recognize the need to inspire changes organized sports, and have developed several in youth sports to make the experience safe, “Pint-sized sports” classes in addition to positive and fun for everyone involved, and National Alliance for Youth Sports “Smart- believes in its vision “Creating Community Start” classes to help provide these and Quality of Life Through People, Parks opportunities. and Programs.” We believe in the benefits and attraction of youth sports as a means to As stated above this philosophy was adopted teach the children of this community values from NAYS, and also serves as a draft and skills that will be of benefit to them resolution that communities can use to get throughout life, and our vision for youth support form their city councils. The draft sports is “We create positive sports resolution was also adapted from information experiences, better sports for kids, better kids provided by NAYS. Passing a resolution that for life.” supports your philosophy is the third step in implementing the first community In order to realize the true value of youth recommendation. A copy of a draft resolution is sports participation and to provide a safe, included at the end of this report, in a section We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 21
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative that also outlines several tools useful for After selecting an individual to take on the role implementing these recommendations. of administrator, it is important to contact NAYS in order to establish a NAYS chapter in Recommendation #2: Appointing a your community. This also helps connect your professional youth sports administrator to organization with the latest trends, data, and ensure adherence to the philosophy training available to help shape the climateof youth sports. The Taskforce found that the staff Within every parks and recreation department or at NAYS were very helpful in providing vision youth sports agency, there is usually a diverse and direction regarding the implementati n of o organization chart with staff responsibilities the Community Recommendations as well as usually spread through these staff levels: programs offered through NAYS. Directors or Superintendents, Managers, Supervisors, Coordinators, and various Selecting an individual to be the administrator is Recreation Leaders and support staff followed by providing that individual with the (marketing, office managers, registration clerks, knowledge, skills, and tools to help ensure that payroll, etc.) While not all positions reflect community youth sports groups that utilize similar job responsibilities, these general municipal facilities and that internal agency classifications exist within most agencies. For youth sports programs are adhering to the purposes of implementing the community philosophy. This involves communicating the recommendations, it is recommended that the philosophy to key stakeholders within the Manager who oversees the sports division of an department and also within the community. organization become the NAYS youth sports administrator. Lower level staff could then External stakeholders would be directors of little become chapter directors and clinicians to league organizations, youth soccer, volleyball, support ongoing training efforts and program basketball, and football organizations that utilize development. Setting up an administrator in this municipal facilities, but are not directly operated manor helps to create buy-in of the NAYS through municipalities. These organizations standards and youth sports philosophy generally have codes of conduct for their throughout a specific division and department participants, coaches, officials and parents, wide. however they are sometimes slow to respond to reports of misconduct. The role of the youth The CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Ini iative is t sports administrator then would be to implement a model that is easily adaptable, and possible to guidelines for encouraging these organizations implement from any staff level. An example to appropriately address reported concerns. could be a part time Recreation Leader who has the responsibility of supervising an after-school Recommendation #3: Holding everyone basketball program. This staff member could in associated with the program accountable for effect, review this report and influence his or her their behavior supervisor to open a NAYS chapter. The Recreation Leader could then become a clinician Adopting the recommended youth sports and facilitate trainings for the officials, coaches, philosophy, passing a the recommended and parents that are a part of the after school resolution and sharing this philosophy with program. While this would not be an example of others, and appointing a youth sports fully implementing all three recommendations, administrator and contacting NAYS to open a the benefits and results of this example will spill chapter to begin training staff is a good start to over to the rest of the department, thereby changing the culture of youth sports in your creating an atmosphere where other staff, community. The last recommendation may be managers and supervisors will be open to the most important, and sometimes the most implementing the program. difficult. We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 22
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative The programs offered through NAYS, and the position of administrator help set up the Through the professional youth sports framework for ensuring internal and external administrator, leagues that use facilities can be programs, user groups and organizations not monitored and regularly evaluated on their only by into the philosophy, but see value in effectiveness. Those who fail to adhere to the holding themselves and others accountable for policies prescribed through the department will creating better sports environments for youth. risk the opportunity to use these public facilities in the future. The office also handles complaints, While this may seem a daunting task, there are reviews programs on a continuing basis that several ways administrators and staff can help. lease the facilities to ensure that they are Most well known external youth sports meeting the agreed upon standards laid out in organizations apply for facility use permits with the resolution, and serve as a resource for municipal recreation agencies.An example of reporting volunteers that abuse the estab lished two tools useful in communicating the code of behavior. philosophy, and informing users of the consequences for not following policies is For monitoring internal youth sports programs, presented here. The first is referred to as the such as after school sports leagues, summer “External Group Agreement.” This form sports camps, or youth sports classes, the issue signature form reviews the agency’s philosophy, of accountability becomes easier to administer. reviews a bulleted list of requirements for use of The taskforce created two tools useful in this one of the agency’s facilities, and is signed by area, one for coaches, and one for parents. an authorized representative of the external Referred to as Parent and Coaches Codes of group and the youth sports administrator. The Conduct, any contacted coach or parent of a form is available at the end of this report, and it participant in internal programs should be can be copied and edited as needed for specific required to read, understand, and sign. Both community needs. User groups are informed that forms are available at the end of this report. noncompliance with the requirements may result Contracted coaches should also mandated to go in denial of their request to use afield or facility through the NAYS National Youth Sports in the future. As with many agencies, demand Coaches Association (NYSCA) training, for facilities may be higher than available space. facilitated by the Administrator or one of four A consequence of not being allowed to use a designated NAYS clinicians, all on staff with field helps strengthen the resolve of these user the department. Parents of participants in these groups to ensure that our promise to kids is internal programs and leagues are mandated to carried out. attend the Parents Association For Youth Sports (PAYS) training prior to the beginning of the The second form (“Facility Rental program or league. Agreement”) is an actual facility reservation form that every user group must fill out in order Adopting the recommended philosophy, to rent field space in Manhattan Beach. This appointing a youth sports administrator and form again reviews the policies, consequences, contacting NAYS to establish a chapter in your and recommendations for creating more positive agency are essential first steps in changing the sports environments for youth. The form is culture of youth sports in your community. available at the end of this report, and it can be While many managers, supervisors, and manipulated as necessary to fit the needs of your recreation leaders who may deal with the specific agency. benefits and challenges of youth sports on a daily basis may understand these challenges, difficult challenges. All to often professionals answering the call to begin to implement the are confronted with tough issues, and community recommendations becomes the most recommendations on how to combat these issues We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 23
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative in order to better serve community members, yet demands for facility use by creating systems, inaction continues to plague every department, standards, and measures that hold each user every city and every program that provides group accountable for their behaviors. It youth sports experiences. provides your coaches, administrators and parents the tools to make their work more Implementing the Initiative What’s in it for efficient and easier. You? Some agencies have several diverse divisions Implementing the CPRS Youth Sports and that in some levels have direct impacts on youth Fitness Initiative has many benefits. Overall, sports programs. For example, one agency may implementing the initiative creates a unified have one manager to supervise facility vision and direction for youth sports and will reservations; another manager who directly help agencies and youth sports professionals supervises sports programming; while anot er h create positive sports experiences. manager supervises people who work in the facilities. The Initiative creates a common What’s in it for your community? vision for youth sports so that the person programming the activities, the person who Implementing the Initiative strengthens reserves the fields, and the person who actually community image and sense of place. Adopting opens and closes that facility all understand their the recommended youth sports philosophy and role in creating more positive sports communicating that philosophy throughout the experiences. community helps provide community members and potential program participants of the Finally, from a risk management standpoint, continuing efforts of your organization to implementing the Initiative puts agencies in provide more positive sports experiences for contact with NAYS programs and services that youth. provide additional liability insurance for all staff, coaches, officials, contractors and Implementing the three community volunteers who work with youth sports recommendations helps safeguard communities programs. The liability insurance is in addition through preventative efforts to reduce the to insurance that may be offered through youth incidents of negative sports experiences. In the sports agencies, community programs like unfortunate situation where a program AYSO, and city municipalities. This benefit participant is harmed, organizations will be able alone is worth investing in opening a NAYS to defend their programs because of NAYS chapter and implementing the community programs established within that community- recommendations. background checks for coaches and volunteers; clinician, parent, coach and official’s training programs help ensure that all parties involved have been exposed to the philosophy and understand their part in creating better sports for What’s in it for you to have your kids. organization implement the initiative? What’s in it for your organization? Regardless of your level within the agency you work for or volunteer for, implementing the Implementing the Initiative offers several key Initiative has many individual benefits. Your benefits to any youth sports organization. It agency may not currently have many reported helps centralize youth sports programming challenges or concerns with youth sports efforts through the establishment of a youth programs, and implementing the three sports administrator; it resolves conflicts recommendations can only help make your between external user groups who place high programs more significant. It provides you the We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 24
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative tools to make their work more efficient and easier. The focus of the initiative is the children who participate in youth sports within your The initiative provides a clear, unified community. Implementing the Initiative helps programming vision that will help guide your ensure that these children will continue to youth sports programs and activities. Providing choose to participate in athletics, leading to a a clear, and well defined vision for youth sports, healthier more active life. The CPRS Youth the recommended philosophy is easy adaptable Sports and Fitness Initiative creates an at any staff level, from volunteer to contracted atmosphere where children are participating in coach to director of a department. sports, learning new skills, and having fun. Partnering with NAYS provides you with instant Conclusion training materials and videos for parents, coaches and officials, as well as current The California Parks and Recreation Youth resources and research to continue improving Sports and Fitness Initiative provides a your programs. Partnering with NAYS also programming framework and guidelines for provides you with liability insurance, updated changing the culture of youth sports within training videos and resources, as well as access communities in California. Youth Sports to ongoing professional development agencies responded to a survey regarding the opportunities. climate of youth sports in 2003, reporting that many faced challenges with parental What’s in it for parents and participants in misbehavior, violence amongst players, and your community? negative experiences from coaches, and officials. While many agencies may feel their Implementing the initiative exposes the youth sports programs are free from indecent, community, parents, coaches, and players to a the implementing the Initiative will help put into unified philosophy and vision that transcends place three key recommendations that together sports-specific ethics so that within each sport offer preventative measures to help ensure and throughout each sports season clear programs continue to create positive sports behavioral expectations are standardized. experiences. Answer the call to action, Parents who sign their children up for soccer, implement the recommendations for receive the same service levels, expectations, communities, contact NAYS, contact CPRS and and well trained coaches as they would for see how you can influence the culture of youth basketball, baseball, or football. This provides sports in your community before the news consistence from league to league and sport to headlines in your city report another tragic sport. incident. Parents are also provided with valuable Appendix: resources to help ensure that their child is well prepared for sports through programs offered Minimum Standards for Youth Sports through your involvement with NAYS. The Example Forms Smart Start program is an example of this, and is Implementation Checklist easily implemented within any sports agency. Parents will also benefit from strengthened relationships with coaches, other parents and officials through clinics offered, behavioral contracts that communicate the vision of youth sports, and resources provided through the Parents Association for Youth Sports (PAYS), a NAYS program. We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 25
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  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative Minimum Standards for Youth Sports in California These are the CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative RecommendedMinimum standards for youth sports programs in California The Minimum Standards of Youth Sports in California outlines the recommended minimum program standards that are needed to assure communities offer children a safe, fun and stress-free sports environment. Professional or volunteer administrators need to learn how to ensure every child has a safe and fun experience. Volunteer coaches need to complete a coaching certification program and be held accountable. Parents need to learn the role and responsibilities of supporting their child, the program and the coach. With the Minimum Standards of Youth Sports in California our hopes are that the minimums are what are needed to keep kids coming back to play sports. There are national programs available that offer the training needed otherwise programs can develop their own. Clinics/training sessions need to be held for volunteer administrators, coaches and parents to assureconsistency so if something inappropriate occurs, administrators are educated to respond fairly and swifty.l Minimum Standards for Criminal Background Checks BENEFITS To protect young athletes from individuals preying on children. 1. APPLICATION FORM All persons directly involved in coaching or supervising organized youth sports activity MUST complete an application. The application must contain the following: a. Name b. Address c. Date of birth d. Social Security Number e. Driver’s license number f. Criminal history check consent form g. List of states resided in h. Questions regarding convictions of a felony/misdemeanor? i. Youth sports experience j. Youth sports related references k. References other than relatives 2. CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECKS a. All applicants must have address verification prior to conducting criminal history check. Address verification must go back a minimum of seven years. b. Types of crimes that disqualify a person from coaching/supervising organized youth sports activity: 1. All felonies. 2. Misdemeanor violent crimes against another person. 3. Misdemeanor sex related crimes. 4. Misdemeanor drug/alcohol related crimes. We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 27
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative 5. Overseeing supervisors will have the authority to evaluate each quot;red flagquot; situation on a case- by-case basis (utilizing a great deal of consistency) and a determination will be made as to whether the applicant’s services will be retained. c. Local authorities will have the right to establish additional criteria. d. Criminal history checks must be done on a yearly basis. e. All addresses appearing on the address verificati n report should be checked in all jurisdictions o corresponding with address verification. f. The following methods may be used to complete criminal history checks: 1. State Police 2. Local Law Enforcement Agency 3. Federal Bureau of Investigations 4. Commercial Information Systems 5. National Alliance for Youth Sports g. Check sex offender registry. h. All efforts to comply with t e State of Oregon confidentiality laws must be applied. h Minimum Standards for Coach Education BENEFITS Coach’s education helps volunteers understand the psychology of coaching children, giving coaches practical skills to help all kids have fun and maximizes their athletic skills. 1. Attend non-sports specific training course that covers: a. Knowledge of program philosophy b. Program policies and procedures c. Effective communication d. Practice organization and planning e. Sign a Coach’s Code of Conduct 2. Knowledge of legal issues: state laws, attacking officials, car-pooling, child abuse reporting. 3. Training in sport specific rules and regulations. 4. Hold parent meetings before, during and after season. 5. Sign a Coach’s Code of Conduct. 6. CPR and First Aid courses are encouraged. Minimum Standards for the Professional and Volunteer Administrator BENEFITS Statistics show that 90% of administrators have received no training on how to manage youth sports programs yet every day they make decisions and set policies that affect the children in their care. Professional and volunteer administrators who use public and private facilities should be educated on how to properly run their programsprior to being granted use of facilities and they should be held accountable for their actions. Programs serve as a preventative measure and can ensure that adult volunteers using public facilities have the appropriate training, thereby reducing risk for facility owners. 1. YOUTH SPORTS PROFESSIONAL ADMINISTRATOR 1. Training standards for the professional administrator must include: 1. Understand and have the authority to implement standards 2. Knowledge of hiring and firing practices 3. Authority to hire and fire coaches 4. Knowledge of risk management and insurance We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 28
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative 5. Knowledge of evaluating, counseling, and disciplinary process 6. Knowledgeable in accessing resources 7. Access to resources and educational tools 8. Knowledge of contractual agreements 9. Program specifics 2. YOUTH SPORTS VOLUNTEER ADMINISTRATOR 1. All sports leagues need to designate a representative for completing a training session which includes: a. Developing and enforcing the league phi osophy, policies and procedures l b. Recruitment of coaches and volunteers c. Risk management and insurance d. Fundraising e. Parent involvement 2. Each organized youth sports league must designate a representative with the authority to identify the responsible party and oversee the coaches within the program. 3. Independent groups will work with local community administrator to assure all requirements are met. Minimum Standards for Independent Teams/Leagues BENEFITS To assure that teams are run for the children involved and safe, positive, fun is the goal for all involved. 1. All Independent teams/leagues must submit the following to the local community youth sports professional: a. Proof of Liability Insurance, naming the agency as additional insured, to the league administrator. b. Statement of financial review c. Attend meetings d. Provide proof for coach’s training e. Provide an orientation program for parents f. Require all coaches and parents to sign and adhere to a code of conduct. 2. City, Park and Rec, School District or private facilities must: a. Be willing to be a liaison b. To assist independent teams /leagues with meeting all minimum standards c. To provide “Stamp of approval” so teams can participate at other locations. d. Develop contract/agreement that list the understandings between parties 3. All coaches and parents should read, sign and adhere to a Code of Conduct Minimum Standards of Parent Education BENEFITS To help parents better understan and be aware of their roles and responsibilities creating a d positive experience for all children. 1. Each league/program must develop a program or use an existing program which includes: .a Questions parents should ask their child’s coach .b Effective communication: how to work with coaches .c How to be a positive supporter .d Volunteering to help the team We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 29
  • CPRS Youth Sports and Fitness Initiative 2. Parents should support their young athlete by: .a Attend all parent meetings with coach .b Attend practices/games/social events .c Signing and adhering to a Code of Conduct .d Volunteer to help team Minimum Standards for Officials Education BENEFITS Training provides officials with detailed information on the skills, fundamentals, and common problem area for officials. 1. Attend sports specific official train courses that covers: ing a. Knowledge of program philosophy b. Policies and procedures of officiating c. Effective communication d. Rules and their enforcement 2. All officials should read, sign and adhere to a Code of Conduct We Create Positive Youth Sports Experiences, Better Sports for Kids, Better Kids for Life 30
  • INITIATIVE TOOLS: CPRS Youth Sports Initiative Recommended Implementation Plan Checklist o Inventory youth sports program offerings within your community o Identify internal and external programs and organizations o External organizations or programs are those run by local soccer, baseball, basketball and football groups such as: Little leagues, AYSO soccer leagues, or local basketball leagues. Generally, these organizations are run by people or staff outside of the department, but often are provided permits to utilize fields and facilities within a recreation department. o Internal programs would include any additional classes, leagues, or clinics that are managed or supervised by department staff. Often these programs include contracted officials, coaches, or league administrators that report to departmentstaff o Identify internal staff to appoint the position of Youth Sports Administrator o Contact NAYS to open NAYS chapter in your city. o Review NAYS resources available for your city: o Youth Sports Administrator o Chapter Director o Clinicians who facilitate trainings for coaches, officials, and parents o Training videos, liability insurance coverage, state and national conferences, skills development class curriculumand materials for youth sports, and all the NAYS related associations for administrators, coaches, parents, officials and volunteers o Adopt the philosophy and resolution through city council o Hold internal and external user groups accountable for adhering to the philosophy o Utilize field reservation agreements that include philosophy o Utilize external group agreement form o Contact external group governing bodies to report any misconduct o Contact NAYS for internal group misconduct as stipulated through the NAYS program agreements. o Implement your new youth sports program that meets the community recommendationsfrom NAYS/NRPA
  • Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Youth Sports Philosophy The City of Manhattan Beach recognizes the need to inspire changes in youth sports to make the experience safe, positive and fun for everyone involved, and believes in its vision “Creating Community and Quality of Life Through People, Parks and Programs.” We believe in the benefits and attracti n of o youth sports as a means to teach the children of this City values and skills that will be of benefit to them throughout life. In order to realize the true value of youth sports participation and to provide a safe, positive and fun environment for youth and their families to participate, we must raise the standards among the users of our City's youth sports facilities; and the Recommendations For Communities that were derived from the National Summit on Raising Community Standards in Children's Sports ou tlines a comprehensive community strategy to assist us in meeting these object ves. i We have appointed a qualified professional youth sports administrator who has been trained and certified to oversee all organized youth sports programs to ensure a high standard among the users of the community's facilities and we believe that league organizers andadministrators should be educated on how to provide a safe, positive and fun youth sports environment before being granted permits to use facilities. We believe volunteer coaches and parents should receive orientation and education as to their individual roles and responsibilities in our City's effort to raise the standard of youth sports programs and that volunteer coaches and parents be accountable for their behaviors. We believe young children must be given the opportunity to develop motor skills and sports specific knowledge with their parents in a structured program before they enter organized sport , and have s developed several “Pint-sized sport ” classes in addition to National Alliance for Youth Sports “Smart- s Start” classes to help provide these opportunities. “We create positive youth sports experiences, better sports for kids, better kids for life” 32
  • A RESOLUTIONON A RESOLUTION ON YOUTH SPORTS IN CITY OF MANHATTAN BEACH CALIFORNIA WHEREAS, the City Council of Manhat an Beach recognizes the need to inspire changes in youth t sports to make the experience safe, positive and fun for everyone involved; and WHEREAS, the Department of Parks and Recreation believes in its Vision of Creating Community and Quality of Life Through People, Parks and Programs; and WHEREAS, the Department of Parks and Recreation is committed to accomplishing its Mission to; Promotes health and wellness; fosters human development; facilitates community problem solving; Strengthens safety and security provides recreational experiences; increases cultural unity; strengthens ; Community image and sense of place; supports economic development; and protects environmental Resources; WHEREAS, the Department of Parks and Recreation believes in the benefits and attractio of youthn sports as a means to teach the children of this City values and skills that will be of benefit to them throughout life; and WHEREAS, we believe that in order to realize the true value of youth sports participation and to provide a safe, positive and fun environment for youth and their families to partici ate, we must raise the p standards among the users of our City's youth sports facilities; and WHEREAS, the Recommendations For Communities that were derived from the National Summit on Raising Community Standards in Children's Sports outlines a comprehensive communitystrategy to assist us in meeting these objectives; and WHEREAS, we appoint the City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Sports and Aquatics Manager, a qualified professional youth sports administrators who has been trained and certified by the National Alliance of Youth Sports to oversee all organized youth sports programs to ensure a high standard among the users of our community's facilities; and WHEREAS, we believe that league organizers and administrators should be educated on how to provide a safe, positive and fun youth sports environment before being granted permits to use facilities; and WHEREAS, we believe volunteer coaches and parents should receive orientation and education as to their individual roles and responsibilities in our City's effort to raise the standard of youth sports programs and that volunteer coaches and parents be accountable for their behaviors; and WHEREAS, it is necessary and desirable to estab requirements and procedures for youth sports lish organizations utilizing public facilities; and WHEREAS, we believe young children must be given the opportunity to develop motor skills and sports specific knowledge with their parents in a structured program before they enter organized sport . s NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED NOW, THAT, I, Linda Willson, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIFORNIA, on behalf of the City Council and the residents do hereby recognize and encourage official implementation of the California Parks and Recreation Societies / 33
  • National Alliance for Youth Spots, YOUTH SPORTS & FITNESS INITIATIVE to improve theculture of youth sports for all participants in the City of Manhattan Beach BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be sent to appropriate organizat ons within i the City of Manhattan Beach that might have a collaborative interest in this Initiative such as AYSO, M LL, MBMS PASSED AND APPROVED THIS ___________day of ___________________, 20_____. Signed: __________________________________________________________________ Linda Willson, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIFORNIA “We create positive youth sports experiences, better sports for kids, better kids for life” 34
  • “We create positive youth sports experiences, better sports for kids better Kids for life” City of Manhattan Beach Youth Sports OUR PROMISE TO KIDS City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department recognizes the value of youth sports on publicly owned facilities and as a community working together we will do our best to deliver on these promises to our kids.  We promise to provide you the opportunity:  For a Fun, Safe, Positive environment in which to participate  To participate under the supervision of positive role models that will help focus on developing skills, teamwork, sportsmanship and how to win and lose graciously  For all participants to play regardless of skill or ability  To build self-confidence and self-esteem while respecting oneself and others  To make new friends  To continue to improve and enhance the quality of your youth sports experience Everyone associated with this youth sports program will do their part in keeping these promises to our kids. Representative Name: Signature: AGREED: Date: Name of Program/Organization To make good on these promises: 1. Each youth sport league/program must agree to abide by the policies and procedures that are established by the public entity. 2. All professionals, volunteer administrators, coaches, and parents must successful y complete an l orientation/training program that includes an understanding of the community's philosophy, policies and procedures, and specific knowledge required for each position. 3. Everyone associated shall be held accountable for his or her actions and behaviors. City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation- Partners in promoting a positive youth sports environment. Youth Sports Administrator _____________________Date:_______________________ 35
  • Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department 1400 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (310) 802-5410  (310) 546-3501 (TDD) Application for Use of City Facility by Youth Sports Organizations (Allow 10 working days for processing) APPLICANT ALTERNATE REPRESENTATIVE Organization ____ or Individual ____ (Person to contact if applicant cannot be reached) (Please provide or attach proof of non-profit status) Name _____________________________________ Organization Name _________________________ Address ___________________________________ Name ____________________________________ City ______________________________________ Address __________________________________ Phone: Res. _______________________________ City _______________________Zip___________ Bus. _________________ ext. __________ Phone: Res. _______________________________ Pg. ________________________________ Bus. _________________ ext. __________ FACILITY REQUESTED Pg. ________________________________  Building _______________________________ % Manhattan Beach residents in organization: Room _________________________________ _______ % (Please attach a copy of roster)  Ball Field ______________________________ TYPE OF ACTIVITY  Park __________________________________ __________________________________________ Area __________________________________ __________________________________________ Other _____________________________________ Is the event being catered? ____ yes ____ no Circle Day(s): M T W Th F Sa Su Catering company: __________________________ Date(s): from: ___________________ 20_____ Expected attendance: ________________________ to: _____________________ 20_____ Is the public invited? ____ yes ____ no Time of use: _______ am/pm to _______ am/pm (Rental time must include set-up & clean-up time) APPLICANT’S STATEMENT I, THE UNDERSIGNED, UNDERSTAND THE GENERAL REGULATIONS STATED ON THE BACK OF THIS FORM, AND THE PARK POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ATTACHED, AND WILL COMPLY WITH THEM. I FURTHER UNDERSTAND THAT ANY FEES CHARGED MUST BE PAID AT LEAST 10 WORKING DAYS PRIOR TO THE REQUESTED DATE OF USE. I recognize the City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department’s commitment to the positive value of youth sports on publicly owned facilities and as a representative of a Youth Sports Organization I will do my best to deliver on these promises to our youth. I promise to provide youth the opportunity: For a Fun, Safe, Positive environment in which to participate To participate under the supervision of positive role models that will focus on developing skills, teamwork, sportsmanship and how to win and lose graciously For all participants to play regardless of skill or ability To build self-confidence and self-esteem while respecting oneself and others To make new friends To continue to improve and enhance the quality of your youth sports experience Everyone associated with this youth sports program/ activity will do their part in keeping these promises to our kids. To make good on these promises: 1. Each youth sport league/program must agree to abide by the policies and procedures that are established by the City of Manhattan Beach. 2. All professionals, volunteer administrators, coaches and parents must successfully complete an orientation/training program that includes an understanding of the community's Youth Sports philosophy, policies and procedures, and specific knowledge required for each position. 3. Everyone associated shall be held accountable for his/ her actions and behaviors. I, the undersigned, hereby agree to be personally and financially responsible, on behalf of individual/organization, for all destruction, damage, or unnecessary abuse of City buildings, grounds, or equipment in any way arising out of the use or occupancy thereof by individual/organization. I agree to abide by and enforce all applicable laws, rules, and regulations governing the use of City buildings, grounds, and equipment. Lessee acknowledges that its rights under this agreement may constitute a taxable interest under California law. Lessee hereby agrees to be responsible for payment in full of any property or other taxes which may be assessed against the interests granted hereunder and hereby indemnifies and releases Lessor from any obligation or liability for such taxes. Lessee’s failure to promptly pay any such taxes prior to their due date shall be considered a material breach of this agreement and grounds for termination thereof upon forty-eight hours notice. I, the undersigned further state that, to the best of my knowledge, the City property, for use of which application is hereby made, will not be used for the commission of any act intended to further any program or movement the purpose of which is to accomplish the overthrow of the Government of the United States by force, violence, or other unlawful means. 36
  • __________________________/______________________________________/______________________ Organization/Individual Signature of Officer/Individual Date PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: City of Manhattan Beach. Payment must be made in full at the Parks and Recreation Department office upon submittal of application. A 50% forfeiture fee may be charged if the Department is not notified of cancellations at least three (3) working days before the scheduled use. Outdoor reservation cancellations due to rain may reschedule or receive a refund minus application fee. Permission to use the facility may be canceled for lack of compliance with the general regulations governing facility use, or should it be necessary to schedule City-related use. Customer Initial___________ APPLICABLE DAMAGE AND CLEANING DEPOSITS MUST BE PAID IN FULL AT TIME OF SUBMITTLE OF APPLICATION IN THE FORM OF A CASHIERS CHECK, PERSONAL CHECK, OR MONEY ORDER MADE PAYABLE TO CITY OF MANHATTAN BEACH. REFUND FOR DEPOSITS WILL BE MAILED FROM CITY HALL FOUR (4) WEEKS AFTER THE EVENT, PROVIDED ALL USE REGULATIONS ARE ADHERED TO. ALL REFUNDS TAKE FOUR WEEKS TO PROCESS. Applications are accepted a maximum of 6 months in advance for residents, and 1 month in advance for non-residents. (Exceptions: Wedding/Anniversary Receptions can apply 6 months in advance.) Resident is defined as: Any individual who lives, or owns a business in the City of Manhattan Beach. APPLICATION IS APPROVED / DISAPPROVED By _______________________________________ Director of Parks and Recreation Date _________ Application Fee $________ Facility Charges $ Damage/Cleaning Deposit $__________ Amount Paid $________ Date _________ Amount of Refund $ Date of Refund GENERAL REGULATIONS 1. Persons in attendance shall restrict their activities to those facilities, or portions thereof, to which their application entitles them. 2. Upon conclusion of the activity, groups must leave the facilities in a reasonably clean condition. Applicant shall be responsible for any damage. 3. When using lights on athletic fields and leaving early, please notify staff at (310) 802-5410 as a courtesy to nearby residents. For Dorsey and Live Oak South fields, dial 802-5420. For Begg, Marine Avenue, Manhattan Heights, and Village fields, dial 802-5425. 4. The applicant shall be responsible for the cost of repairs/replacement of damaged property, in addition to the damage deposit and cleaning deposit, should damage exceed the amount of these deposits. 5. All promotional materials intended to be used must be approved by the Department of Parks and Recreation prior to approval of the application. 6. All decorations to be used must be fireproof and receive Parks and Recreation Department approval prior to installation. 7. Profane language, quarreling or fighting, betting and/or other forms of gambling shall not be allowed. 8. The City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to request police/security at any event at the expense of the user. 9. For teen activities (dances, parties, and similar activities), at least two adult supervisors must be present for each group of 20 minors, and one adult for every additional 10 youths. Additionally, where more than 50 persons are expected to attend, Police Officers will be required in a ratio of one (1) for each 50 persons or fraction thereof. 10. Supplies or equipment such as tables, chairs, cooking utensils, picnic tables, grandstands, park benches, etc., shall not be removed from the facility to which they are assigned. 11. No money shall be paid to any Parks and Recreation Department employee in the form of a tip or gratuity. 37
  • 12. All park policies, procedures, and City Municipal Codes / Ordinances must be adhered to. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of damage deposit, and may result in the inability of the group to use City facilities in the future. 13. Applicant / Organization must have a copy of City-signed Application and Agreement For Use of City Facility on-site while utilizing the facility. Failure to do so may result in the inability to use City facilities in the future. 14. Athletic fields and park facilities may be reserved by residents a maximum of 6 months in advance, and non-residents 1 month in advance. 15. All caterers/contract and commercial vendor services must possess a valid Manhattan Beach Business License, and applicant must present copies t City Hall 10 working days prior to the event. o ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS FOR INDOOR FACILITIES 1. Alcohol is not permitted in any park or City facility. 2. There is NO SMOKING in indoor public facilities. 3. No materials shall be attached to curtains, walls, ceilings, or doors without prior approval. Groups using the facilities for dancing shall not use any wax or other preparation on the floors. 4. Groups requesting use of the kitchen for a catered meal must secure their own caterer. (Manhattan Beach Business Licensee required.) It shall be the applicant’s responsibility to leave the kitchen entirely clean. Users of the kitchen must provide all utensils, linens, etc. 5. Applicant shall be responsible for any damages to kitchen and dining equipment caused by caterers or other persons. COVENANT TO INDEMNIFY THE CITY By my / our acceptance of this permit, I / we covenant and agree to relieve and discharge the City of Manhattan Beach and the officers and employees of said City, from any and all liability for loss and / or injury and / or damages to any person and / or property that may be sustained by reason of the occupancy and use of the facilities identified in the permit, and save them free and harmless therefrom. I / We also covenant and agree to pay for any and all damage to said facilities and damage to or loss of any other City property, resulting either directly or indirectly from such occupancy and / or use of the facilities, by or through the negligence and / or acts of myself / ourselves, my / our agents and employees, or any person(s) participating in or attending the performance, attraction, meeting, event, or affair in connection with or during said use and occupancy. VERIFICATION OF NON-DISCRIMINATION As a recipient of Federal Land and Water Conservation Funds used for the development of park facilities, the City of Manhattan Beach must ensure that parks are open to all persons without discrimination as to race, color, or national origin. In granting permission to hold the activity requested in this application, the City is assured by the applicant that no person will, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in this activity, nor does the group or organization represented by the applicant practice such discrimination. This signature verifies that I have read the above information and that I, and the group I represent, agree to comply with all requirements. (Signature) ____________________________________ 38
  • City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department Coach’s pledge to live up to Youth Sports and Fitness agreement and Standards I hereby pledge to live up to this agreement as a Youth Sports and Fitness Coach in the City of Manhattan Beach by following the CPRS (California Park & Recreation Society), NAYS (National Alliance for Youth Sports) and City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department Coaches Code of Ethics: I will place the emotional and physical well being of my players ahead of a personal desire to win. I will treat each player as an individual, remembering the large range of emotional and physical development forthe same age group. I will Respect all persons involved in this program/activity. I will remember that I am a model for all youth. I will lead by example and respect all parents, players, referees, coaches and league officials by:  Speaking words of positive encouragement, and or instruction to players.  Practicing basic self control and refrain from doing or saying anything negative in the presence or earshot of children.  Informing coaches, referees and league representatives of disagreements only before or after games and practices and in private  Being responsive to the direction of, referees and league officials.  Collaboratively resolving conflicts and disagreementswith the intention of strengthening relationships with players, parents, referees, coaches and league officials  Creating an alcohol, tobacco, and drug free environment during practices and games.  Contributing to the development of safe physical and positive psychological environment forall. I will refrain from their use at all youth sports events / activities.  Lead by example in supporting the vision of: “We create positive youth sports experiences, better sports for kids, better kids for life” I will do my best to provide a Safe and Healthy playing situation for all players. I will promise to review and practice basicfirst aid principles needed to treat injuries of my players. I will do my best to organize practicesthat are fun and challenging for all my players. I will be knowledgeable in the rules of each sport that I coach, and I will teach these rules to my players. I will use coaching techniques appropriatefor all of the skills that I teach. I will remember that I am a youth sportscoach, and that the game is for children and not adults. Organization Name: _____________________________________________ Coaches Name: ___________________ Signature: ______________________ Date: _____________ Program/Organization Representative Name: __________________ Signature: _____________ Date:___________ Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Sports Administrator: _______________________Date: ___________ “We create positive youth sports experiences, better sports for kids, better kids for life” 39
  • City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department Parent/Guardian pledge to live up to Youth Sports and Fitness agreement and Standards I hereby pledge to live up to this agreement as a Parent / Guardian of a Youth involved in Youth Sports and Fitness League / Program / Activity in the City of Manhattan Beach by following the CPRS (California Park & Recreation Society), NAYS (National Alliance for Youth Sports) and City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department Parent Expectations and Code of Ethics: I will place the emotional and physical well being of my Child ahead of a personal desire to win. I will Respect all persons involved in this program/activity. I will remember that I am a model for all youth. I will lead by example and respect all parents, players, referees, coaches and league officials by:  Speaking words of positive encouragement in the presence of children.  Practicing basic self control and refrain from doing or saying anything negative in the presence or earshot of children.  Informing coaches, referees and league representatives of disagreements only before or after games and practices and in private  Being responsive to the direction of coaches, referees and league officials.  Collaboratively resolving conflicts and disagreements with the intention of strengthening relationships with players, parents, referees, coaches and league officials  Creating an alcohol, tobacco, and drug free environment during practices and games  Contributing to the development of safe physical and positive psychological environment for all. Supporting the vision of: “We create positive youth sports experiences, better sports for kids, better kids for life” I will be knowledgeable in the rules of each facility /activity my child attends, and I will go over these rules with my Child. I will remember that I am a youth sports Parent / Guardian, and that the game is for children and not adults. Organization Name: Parent / Guardian Name Signature Date Program/Organization Representative Name: Signature Date Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Sports Administrator: Date “We create positive youth sports experiences, better sports for kids, better kids for life” 40
  • Instructions to access the PAYS On-line Program Congratulations! You have received complimentary access for PAYS (Parents Association for Youth Sports) certification. The City of Manhattan Beach has made a commitment to create positive youth sports experiences, better sports for kids, better kids for life. PAYS helps parents become more positively involved in the youth sports experience, better understand their roles and responsibilities in supporting their organization, coaches and children. PAYS, also sets the standard for parent education through the Parents’ Code of Ethics, which creates accountability for all parents’ behavior. Benefits of PAYS Membership * 30 minute interactive video * Parent Handbook * Membership Card * Subscription to SportingKid Magazine LINK TO ACCESS THE PAYS ON-LINE PROGRAM: http://paysonline.nays.org or go to our website www.nays.org, click on the PAYS logo and click on the On-line Program in the left hand box. FROM THE ON-LINE PROGRAM HOME PAGE:  Click on *New User or *Returning User (see below for which one is applicable).  New User – Applies to everyone going on for the first time or if you are a renewing member.  Returning User – Applies if you have gone on before and couldn’t finish the program and now you are returning by using the 48 hr. password that you received via email.  Click on all boxes of Disclaimer page and click “I accept” at the bottom of the page.  Find your Chapter from the Drop Down List.  CA – City of Manhattan Beach  Type in your Chapter’s code.  1189  Then click next.
  • Rights and Responsibilities in Youth Sports COACHES RIGHTS  To have support from the administration/league  To know what is expected ofhim/her  To have a fair procedure to bring concerns and complaints forward  To have ample opportunities to receive training to be a youth sports coach, including child abuse prevention RESPONSIBILITIES  To provide accurate background information to the league  To get needed training  To understand the role and influence of a “Coach”  To understand intervention and child abuse reporting procedures  To abide by a Code of Ethics  To be an advocate for the program’s philosophy  To set expectations for the season  To recognize the special needs of EACH athlete, gifted or not gifted  To limit physical interaction while conducting instructions  To provide appropriate and caring touch  To never touch out of anger  To keep programs free from put-downs, trash talk, profanity, violence and abuse  To motivate with praise and instruction  To not use physical punishment  To learn effective ways to channel frustratio and anger ns  To communicate respectfully with parents, athletes, officials & administrators  To provide a safe and fun sports environment OFFICIALS RIGHTS  To be treated with dignity and respect  To be free from receiving abuse  To have the support of the administration RESPONSIBILITIES  To set the tone for everyone to be a good sport  To get training on being an official and child abuse prevention  To be fair and impartial
  •  To set limits and boundaries by not allowing abusive behavior on the part of coaches, players, parents or fans  To take an active role to create an environment free from abuse and inappropriate behaviors  To provide a safe and fun sports environment FANS and SPECTATORS RIGHTS  To be free from receiving abuse  To enjoy the fun and entertainment of being a spectator at a sporting event RESPONSIBILITIES  To behave in a non-abusive manner  To address others who are behaving abusively or inappropriately  To let someone in a position of authority know about abusive and inappropriate behaviors  To adhere to drug-, alcohol-, and tobacco-free standards at all youth sporting events  To create a safe and fun sports environment PARENTS RIGHTS  To have a safe and fun experience for your child  To have accurate and comprehensive information  To be a part of a quality program  To know about the complaint procedures RESPONSIBILITIES  To have a part in the supervision of the child  To be a good spectator  To bring forward valid complaints and concerns  To educate your child about abuse  To help each child find the right sport and program for his/her needs  To assess the philosophy of the coach and the organization  To provide each child with the physical and emotional nurturing and guidance they need to thrive  To be an advocate for each of your children  To support sons and daughters equally as athletes  To understand that all children are gifted, but not in equal ways  To support the individual needs and interests of the child  To provide unconditional love and support, not based on performance  To pay attention to see if your children are having fun and learning as opposed to just winning To create a safe and fun sports environment
  • ADMINISTRATORS RIGHTS  To lead the program  To have control of the program  To have ample opportunities to receive training  To know what is expected ofhim/her RESPONSIBILITIES  To define and implement programs across all lines  To oversee all responsibilities of involved parties  To clarify philosophy, rules, policies and procedures  To create written policies that are clear and understood by participants, parents, coaches and officials  To understand the insurance policy and coverage  To get training needed for administrators  To screen, train and supervise all staff and volunteers  To create an emotionally, physically and sexually safe environment  To keep programs free from put-downs, trash talk, profanity, violence and abuse  To provide leadership, which creates a shield to protect the entire organization, prevents child abuse and promotes a child’s healthy development in and throu sports gh  To be familiar with local child abuse resources and an attorney  To be prepared to address the concerns and needs of children who are abused  To provide conflict resolution in the event of conflicts, concerns and complaints  To provide a safe and fun sports environment YOUNG ATHLETES RIGHTS  To have sports be a safe experience, free from abuse and violence  To have fun learning, trying new things and being able to practiceand play  To participate in a variety of sports opportunities RESPONSIBILITIES  To follow rules  To tell parents (or other trusted adult) about any abuse  To try our hardest and best  To learn the values of teamwork- helping and supporting one another  To learn ways to deal with pressure and frustrations  To care about what happens to others  To settle conflicts without saying or doing things that hurt others  To treat coaches and officials with respect  To treat others as you want to be treated  To be a good sport (how you talk to others and how you behave)  To let your parents and coaches know what you need.