Is there a need to change the youth sports culture in your community? Do not remain silent.
Contacting local elected officials and youth sports program directors with your firsthand account of issues in youth sports is a starting point for voicing your concerns, and directing them to the Recommendations for Communities not only shows that you are serious about your complaint but that you are also committed to resolving the issues by providing an action plan.
Tips for communicating with elected officials:
Dear [Recipient Name]:
I am writing to you with concern about youth sports in our community. [State your name and your role in youth sports; i.e. parent, coach, spectator, program coordinator, etc. If you are writing to an elected official, be sure to mention you are a constituent.]
[State specific examples of negative behaviors you have witnessed or experienced.] This is not acceptable and the children of our community deserve better.
Because youth sports can be an effective tool to positively influence our youth and create change in our community it is our responsibility to make sure sports are positive for children. We need to establish and enforce regulations to ensure youth sports programs are safe and fun for participants.
I urge you to review the Recommendations for Communities set forth by the National Alliance for Youth Sports, America’s leading advocate for positive and safe sports for children, at NAYS.org. This resource justifies the need for implementing a community youth sports philosophy, facility usage requirements, volunteer background screening, behavior agreements and training for administrators and coaches.
Can I count on you to make changes needed for a more positive youth sports in culture? Please let me know and also please confirm that you have received this message. You may reach me at [Your Phone Number] or [Your Email Address].
National Alliance for Youth Sports, Inc
2050 Vista Parkway
West Palm Beach, Florida 33411
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