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Youth Sports & Fitness

Youth Sports & Fitness
 Bldg. 9625, Young St.
(573) 596-0209


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Youth Sports and Fitness (YSF)

CYS Services YSF programs follow guidelines provided by the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS). It is the goal of this program to offer a range of positive sports and fitness program options and environments. These programs encompass a variety of safe and supervised activities that:

Foster the development of leadership, sportsmanship, and teamwork.

Offer children and youth opportunities to build skills and feel competent in both competitive and non-competitive situations.

Empower children and youth to achieve self-confidence.

Enhance or reinforce learning opportunities for children and youth through individual and group activities.

Instill values associated with the pursuit of sports, fitness, and health activities in adulthood, particularly self-discipline, persistence, and decision-making.

Reduce the likelihood of situations and behaviors that put children and youth at risk.

Provide a variety of opportunities for parental and command involvement.

Minimize parental lost duty time related to youth misconduct.

Promote positive attitudes and reinforce Army core values.

CYS is a proud partner with BGCA. As such, we promote the BGCA Core Beliefs that all children should have:

  • A safe place to learn and grow.

  • On-going relationships with caring, adult professionals.

  • Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences.

  • Hope and opportunity.

The goal of the BGCA Sports, Fitness, and Recreation Core Program Area is to develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and social skills.

Athletes Bill of Rights

The right to participate in sports.

The right to participate at a level commensurate with each child's developmental level.

The right to have qualified adult leadership.

The right to participate in safe and healthy environments.

The right of children to share in the leadership and decision-making of their sport participation.

The right to play as a child and not as an adult.

The right to proper preparation for participation sports.

The right to be treated with dignity.

The right to have fun in sports.

The right to an equal opportunity to strive for success.

Parent's Role

The old saying "a children should be seen and not heard" is given a new twist in YSF programs-where the parents are seen and not heard-at least not too loudly and never on the playing field. Parents are encouraged to attend all program activities at all times. Any negative comments given to individuals, teams, or coaches are never appropriate. Therefore, spectators displaying any inappropriate actions will be asked to leave the field or gymnasium for the remainder of the game. The same behavior that is expected from the players is expected from the spectators.

Parents are essential to the success of any youth program and they will be better supporters if they understand what the coaches are trying to do. The coach has the responsibility of educating the player in the skills of the sport, providing a safe environment, and building the self-image of every player. Unless a parent is an approved volunteer of CYS they should remain in the spectator's position at both games and practices. The best way to ask a coach questions is in private, away from the players and after the game.

How to be a Good Sport Parent

Talk to and listen to children about their sport experience.

Allow children to make decision about sport participation.

Don't push children.

Provide emotional and social support to children. Let coaches handle assessing individual and team performance.

Avoid connecting external rewards or parental affection to participation or performance.

Encourage a wide range of participation in sports and physical activities.

Help children set limits in their sport participation to help avoid burnout.

Parent's Code of Ethics

I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game, practice, or other youth sports event.

I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my child ahead of my personal desire to win.

I will insist that my child play in a safe and healthy environment.

I will require that my child's coach be trained in the responsibilities of being a youth sports coach and that the coach upholds the Coaches Code of Ethics.

I will support coaches and officials working with my child in order to encourage a positive and enjoyable experience for all.

I will acknowledge that practices are not for drop off care and I will discipline my own child.

I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and will refrain from use at all youth sports events.

I will remember that the game is for youth, not adults.

I will do my very best to make youth sports fun for my child.

I will ask my child to treat other players, coaches, fans, and officials with respect regardless of race, sex, creed, or ability.

I will read the National Youth Sports Association (NYSA) National Standards for Youth Sports and do what I can to help all youth sports organizations implement and enforce them.

Coaches Needed

Youth Sports is looking for coaches to help make our program a success. If you would like to give back what you received as a child, contact the Fort Leonard Wood YSF Director for more information at 573-596-0029.

Coaches Code of Ethics Pledge

I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my players ahead of a personal desire to win.

I will treat each player as an individual remembering the large range of emotional and physical development for the same age group.

I will do my best to provide a safe playing situation for my players.

I will promise to review and practice the basic first aid principles needed to treat injuries of my players.

I will do my best to organize practices that are fun and challenging for all my players.

I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all my players.

I will provide a sports environment for my team that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and I will refrain from their use at all youth sports events.

I will be knowledgeable in the rules of each sport that I coach and I will teach these rules to my players.

I will use coaching techniques appropriate for each of the skills that I teach.

I will remember that I am a youth sports coach and that the game is for children and not adults.

I hereby pledge to live up to my membership as an NYSA coach by following the NYSA Coaches Code of Ethics.

Interested in Registration?

To register your child for Youth Sports & Fitness, please visit the Parent Central Services in Bldg. 470, Room 1126, or call (573) 596 - 0238.