- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 9, 2000

Books

"Why Johnny Hates Sports," by Fred Engh, Avery Publishing, 1999. Mr. Engh, president of the National Alliance of Youth Sports, writes that the way we introduce our children to sports and our win-at-all-costs attitude as parents have a lot to do with the growing problems in sports.
"Character Is Everything: Promoting Ethical Excellence in Sports," by Russell W. Gough, Harcourt Brace College Publishing, 1998. Mr. Gough takes a more scholarly look at sports ethics and the need for character among all participants, including fans.

Associations

National Alliance of Youth Sports, 2050 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33411. NAYS has programs, handbooks and videos for parents, coaches, referees and administrators to help keep the youth sports experience a positive one for all children.
American Youth Soccer Organization, 12501 S. Isis Ave., Hawthorne, Calif. 90250. AYSO, a 250,000-volunteer organization, has a "Safe Haven" program to screen and train volunteers and parents to help avoid confrontations at games.
American Sports Education Program, PO Box 5076, Champaign, Ill. 61825-5076. The ASEP offers training material for coaches, administrators and parents, including a "SportParent's Survival Guide" that has tips and guidance for parents to help their children in youth sports.

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