Salina Area Youth Sportsmanship Initiative

 "Play a Good Game, Be a Good Sport!"

By the Numbers

 

Coaches Certifications:

2010 - 115

2011 - 118

2012 - 116

2013 - 100

 

Parent's Certifications:

2010 - 159

2011 - 105

2012 - 95

2013 - 119

SAYSI and the Community

Each year, the Salina Area Youth Sportsmanship Initiative is actively involved with the coaches and parent's meetings.  Before the start of each season, meetings are held to register new and returning coaches and parent representatives for each team.  At these meetings, we are able to provide education for each party that pertains to their particular role. 

Coaches are given all the pertinant information for the upcoming season, as well as the necessary materials for them as the team leaders.  SAYSI's role in this process is to educate and bring the impact and importance of sportsmanship to the forefront so coaches can understand that the game is not just about winning and losing, but also about the values that the kids take with them as they continue to develop. 

The other main focus of SAYSI in these clinics is the role of the parents in youth sports.  Parent's and spectators play a much larger role than one would believe.  At the educational meetings we provide all of them with information that guides them in ways to have more of a positive impact.  The main goal of this information is to help shift the focus off the scoreboard and more towards how they can help make the game more fun for their kids.  We see it all too often out there at the games; parents and spectators who are overly vocal, being critical of the officials, umpires, referee's, other coaches and even other players.  They voice their displeasure with bad calls by yelling and harrassing the "guilty party".  All of these actions take away from the game being played and statistics prove that it has a negative impact on the young kids both on and off the field.  Through our use of videos provided by the Parents Alliance for Youth Sports (PAYS), live discussion of real life situations and personal examples,  we are able to get the point across to all in attendance, and with the parent representative's help we can spread this message to all those who attend the games.  These actions happen more than one might think, and we believe that if we can raise the awareness of situations like these we can make the game better for everyone involved.