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TABLE 1

Characteristics of Well-Designed Sports Programs

• Positive youth-coach relationships 
• Coaches who encourage kids to deal with challenges that occur during activity 
• Both recreational and competitive environment 
• Athletes participate in multiple sports instead of the requirement that they play only 1 
• Kids have a sense of belonging to the program 
• Life skills educational element 
• Athletes develop skills valued by future employees: 
 ○ Volunteering 
 ○ Commitment to team building 
 ○ Acceptance of rules 
 ○ Tolerant attitude toward cultural diversity 
• Positive youth-coach relationships 
• Coaches who encourage kids to deal with challenges that occur during activity 
• Both recreational and competitive environment 
• Athletes participate in multiple sports instead of the requirement that they play only 1 
• Kids have a sense of belonging to the program 
• Life skills educational element 
• Athletes develop skills valued by future employees: 
 ○ Volunteering 
 ○ Commitment to team building 
 ○ Acceptance of rules 
 ○ Tolerant attitude toward cultural diversity 
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