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Allen/Kean Resolution to Improve Sportsmanship at Youth Athletic Fields Passed by Senate

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) to ensure better sportsmanship by players, coaches and spectators at youth sporting events was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen and Sen. Tom Kean to improve sportsmanship at youth sporting events was passed by the Senate. (

“While they can get very competitive, youth sports should still be all about having fun,” Senator Allen said. “When people get too heated it ruins that fun for everyone else. Sometimes people just need a reminder about the rules, and hopefully, this will help ensure a good time for all.”

The resolution, SR-81, urges the state’s school boards and youth sports team organizations to place conspicuous signs at each sporting events in order to emphasize to players, parents, coaches and other attendees the rules and penalties under an athletic code of conduct.

It also urges them to make a verbal announcement about the rules prior to the start of any game to ensure the code of conduct is followed.

“These games aren’t deciding the World Series or the Super Bowl,” Senator Kean said. “It’s important to remember that the games are all about the kids. If everyone can be mindful of that, the players can focus on playing and giving the spectators something good to cheer about.”

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