The bottom line is that we’ve allowed bad behavior to go unpunished. And some local officials want state organizations, such as the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, to take a stronger oversight role. They suggest the state groups exert more control and accountability.
Youth sports is where it all begins. Good sportsmanship isn’t just going to happen. More training and monitoring would be helpful, and rules about what’s tolerable and what’s not must be clearly defined and enforced.
We urge coaches and parents to teach, encourage and reward good sportsmanship. The kids are counting on you.