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When children enter a sport program, they automatically assume responsibilities, but they also have rights. Adults need to respect these rights if young athletes are to have a safe and rewarding sport experience. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s Youth Sports Task Force has developed a “Bill of Rights for Young Athletes.” The rights identified by these medical experts, sport scientists and national youth sport administrators are presented below.
Bill of Rights for Young Athletes
Right to participate in sports
Right to participate at a level commensurate with each child’s maturity and ability
Right to have qualified adult leadership
Right to play as a child and not as an adult
Right to share in the leadership and decision-making of sport participation
Right to participate in safe and healthy environment
Right to proper preparation for participation in sports
Right to an equal opportunity to strive for success
Right to be treated with dignity
Right to have fun in sports