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ERIC Number: EJ759414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan-26
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Maine Rallies behind Rules for Athletics: State Initiative Billed as National Model
Gehring, John
Education Week, v24 n20 p1, 16 Jan 2005
Youth athletes increasingly complain about unruly fans, overbearing coaches, and pressures from elite travel teams. In Maine, at least, their concerns have been heard. Superintendents, sports officials, and parents in Maine are rallying behind a major initiative billed as a national model for creating more positive athletic experiences for young people. More than 400 people from around the state gathered in Augusta earlier in January 2005 for the release of "Sports Done Right: A Call to Action on Behalf of Maine's Student-Athletes." The report was written by a panel of principals, athletic directors, and coaches who spent a year studying trends in youth sports and looking for better models to guide school athletic programs. Backed by a federal grant and endorsed by Maine's governor and commissioner of education, the effort seeks to provide clear frameworks that define how interscholastic sports should be conducted and monitored. The "Sports Done Right" report, which will be sent to every school district in the state, is built around seven core principles and "supporting practices" that should guide athletic experiences. The standards include promoting sportsmanship over a win-at-all-cost mentality; increasing opportunities for learning through sports; and holding parents and community members to higher standards of behavior.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maine