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This essay will examine the shift in cultural norms and social expectations surrounding youth sport and how emphases on sportsmanship in youth sport programs can help salvage some of the wholesome values sought after by parents when signing up their children into sport leagues. There is no major overhaul in sight for youth sport organization and certainly little desire to eliminate sports from the young lives of boys and girls across the country, so how can we work to extend some of the virtues of sport craved by parents for their kids? By emphasizing sportsmanship.


This chapter is from Sportsmanship: Multidisciplinary Perspectives © 2016 Edited by Tim Delaney by permission of McFarland & Company, Inc., Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640.

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