NJYHL Use of "Rediscovering Youth Sportsmanship" Featured in Star-Ledger

Today's Star-Ledger contains a major article about the New Jersey Youth Hockey League's manditory sportsmanship classes for parents of league participants. According to the article, the NJYHL has adopted the principles advocated in the Rediscovering Youth Sportsmanship program, a course developed by St. Barnabas Health Care System and the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association:

Hoping to curb incidents of boorish and obnoxious adult fan behavior, the New Jersey Youth Hockey League is requiring at least one parent of every player to attend an anger management program....

Working with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, the league put together a program and required all of the clubs in New Jersey to send a representative to a meeting in Woodbridge on Oct. 4 to listen to the program and bring it back to their coaches and parents....

If parents do not take the course by the end of the year, their child will not be allowed to play until they do. When they do finally attend the program, they will be asked to sign a pledge and a code of ethics, promising, among other things, to show respect for coaches and officials and to ensure their child behaves in a sportsmanlike manner.

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