Drug and alcohol use in youth sports


The use of drugs and alcohol in youth sports should be strictly prohibited.
 
In the event that a child is caught using drugs or alcohol, a league should not take disciplinary action against the child unless the drug or alcohol offense occurred at a league-related function (game, practice, party, meeting, etc.). If a child is caught and disciplined for drug or alcohol use by authority figures outside of the league (parents, law enforcement, school faculty, etc.) in an environment not related to the league, then the league should not discipline the child.
 
NAYS believes that children who experiment with drugs and alcohol are the ones most in need of the benefits that youth sports provides. Prohibiting a child who is caught using drugs or alcohol from participating in youth sports may be enabling the problem. Active participation in youth sports is oftentimes an effective method of keeping kids away from drugs and alcohol.