|By participating in sports,
the young athlete will:
• Develop skills
needed to socialize with their peers as well as adults.
Develop independence and confidence.
• Develop a sense
of achievement, which helps develop a positive self-image.
Develop leadership skills and qualities.
• Learn how to
cooperate and compete.
• Develop agility, coordination,
endurance, flexibility, speed and strength.
the ability to make decisions and accept responsibilities.
Learn to understand and express emotions, imagination, and
appreciation for what the body can do.
• Develop an
interest in continuing sports participation as an adult.
To ensure a high standard for child safety and positive youth
development within youth sports leagues, the Board of County
Commissioners approved the Raising Community Standards in Youth
Sports initiative in March 2006.
To ensure a high
standard for child safety and positive youth development within
youth sports leagues, the Board of County Commissioners approved
the Raising Community Standards in Youth Sports initiative in
Two youth sports league administrators in each league must be
certified in the National Youth Sports Administrators
Article 2: Teams in each league must have the
head coach and one assistant coach, if more than one coach is
assigned to a team; participate in a positive youth sports
development training program. The NAYS training is preferred but
leagues may conduct a comparable training program which must be
approved by the Sports Coordinator.
Article 3: Any adult
who has care, custody or control of youth participants in any
youth sports program or activity is required to successfully
complete a background check through St. Mary's County Department
of Recreation and Parks. Recreation & Parks policy is that the
background checks are valid for one year.
Article 4: It
is expected that all parents and spectators demonstrate positive
behavior during all youth sporting events. If negative and
inappropriate behavior occurs it is recommended that those
involved are asked to leave the spectator area immediately by
league representatives. Parents must sign a Parents Code of
Conduct prior to their child participating and a copy should be
kept on file with the league for the entire season.
Article 5: Smoking is limited to beyond 150 feet of the playing
field. Coaches and administrators should refrain from the use of
any tobacco products at all team activities and in the presence
of your players.
Article 6: Two youth sports league
administrators in each league must be certified by the CDC’s
Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports program. A youth sports
program must also make the information on concussions available
to coaches, young athletes, and parents.
Contact our Sports Program
Coordinator for further details regarding how St. Mary's County
has established Community Standards in our Sports programs.
A concussion is a type of traumatic
brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the
head that can change the way your brain normally works.
Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes
the head to move rapidly back and forth. Concussions can occur
in any sport or recreation activity. A concussion can have long
term impacts on young athletes such as their health, memory,
learning and even their survival. This has lead to a new effort
to improve prevention, recognition and response to
To help ensure the health and
safety of young athletes, Recreation & Parks has begun an
awareness campaign to offer information about concussions to
coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports.
The following are a list of symptoms that may suggest a
concussion has occurred.
• Difficulty remembering or paying attention
problems or dizziness
• Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or
• Feeling irritable, more emotional, or “down”
Nausea or vomiting
• Bothered by light or noise
or blurry vision
• Slowed reaction time
• Sleep problems
• Loss of consciousness
What Should You Do
If You Think a Concussion Has Occurred?
Seek medical attention right away
A health care professional will be able to decide how
serious the concussion is and when it is safe to return to play.
Do not return to play until
Concussions take time to heal.
Don't return to play until a health care professional says it's
OK. Children who return to play too soon while their brain is
still healing risk a greater chance of having a second
concussion. Second or later concussions can be very serious.
They can cause permanent brain damage, affecting the injured
student-athlete for a lifetime.
Inform all coaches about any recent
Coaches should know if an athlete has had
a recent concussion. The coach may not know about a concussion
in another sport or activity if he or she is not informed by the
parent, guardian or athlete.