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.