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ERIC Number: EJ757377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Targeting Sportsmanship
Kenney, Linda Chion
School Administrator, v63 n6 p36 Jun 2006
This article discusses how school districts are taming uncivil behavior especially by parents in the stands. Spurred on by incidents of bad sportsmanship, the Albert Lea district, working through a committee of stakeholders, published a set of standards that spell out for players, coaches, students, parents and community members the school district's expectations for good sportsmanship at interscholastic athletic events. Players and their coaches and families were asked to sign, before play commenced, a compact to uphold the principles of appropriate behavior relative to each group. The document, titled "Athletics the Right Way," was influenced by the "Sports Done Right" report produced at the University of Maine. It takes a broad look at a myriad of issues involving many groups--with a notable focus on spectators at interscholastic sports events in Albert Lea. Indeed, many school districts have begun to use the comprehensive "Sports Done Right" report, which emphasizes seven core principles and supporting core practices for creating an environment conducive to "discipline, respect, responsibility, fairness, trustworthiness and good citizenship." The report identifies "out-of-bounds" issues--troubling trends in behavior on and off the field--that should be remedied.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota