The Columbia Interfaith Basketball League, hereafter
referred to as the CIBL, strongly believes in the benefits of participation
sports. Participation in sports has proven to build self-esteem, promote
teamwork and camaraderie, develop the body as well as the mind, and
strengthen communities. Therefore, the goal of the CIBL is not to promote
competition, but to provide a safe, positive environment for young
people of all backgrounds to participate and enjoy a wholesome sports
The CIBL has embraced the philosophies set forth in National
Standards for Youth Sports*, a publication compiled by the National Alliance
Youth Sports based on an assembly of 48 of the nation’s leading
experts representing a vast variety of disciplines affecting youth sports.
The following Standards were established:
Standard #1 – Proper Sports
We must consider and carefully choose the proper environment for our
children, including the appropriate age and development for participation,
the type of sport, the rules in the sport, the age range of the participants,
and the proper level of physical and emotional stress.
Standard #2 – Programs
Based on Well-Being of Children
We must select youth sports programs that are developed and organized
to enhance the emotional, physical, social, and educational well-being
Standard #3 – Drug, Tobacco, and Alcohol-Free Environment
We must encourage a drug, tobacco, and alcohol-free environment for our
Standard #4 –Part of Child’s Life
We must recognize that youth sports are only a small part of a child’s
Standard #5 – Training
We must insist that coaches be trained and certified.
Standard #6 – Parents’ Active
We must make a serious effort to take an active role in the youth sports
experience of our children providing positive support as a spectator,
coach, league administrator, and/or caring parent.
Standard #7 – Positive
We must be a positive role model exhibiting sportsmanlike behavior at
games, practices, and home while giving positive reinforcement to our
children and support our childrens’ coaches.
Standard #8 – Parental
Parents must demonstrate their commitment to their child’s youth
sports experience by annually signing a parental code of ethics.
#9 – Safe Playing Situations
We must insist on safe playing facilities, healthful playing situations,
and proper first aid applications, should the need arise.
Standard #10 – Equal
Parents, coaches, and league administrators must provide equal sports
play opportunity for all youth regardless of race, creed, sex, socioeconomic
status, or ability.
Standard #11 – Drug, Tobacco & Alcohol-Free
Parents as coaches, fans, and league administrators must be drug, tobacco,
and alcohol-free at youth sports activities.
*Over 200 agencies and organizations
have, by resolution, endorsed the National Standards for Youth Sports.