• The rise of emotional abuse in children's sport

    The rise of emotional abuse in children's sport

    Emotional abuse is the most common form of injury in children’s sport. It largely goes unseen but can have profound and long-term effects, not just on the sports field.

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  • 7 ways how yelling at officials is hurting children

    7 ways how yelling at officials is hurting children

    In March the community website from the USA, Switching the Field, published an interesting article that resonated with over 17,000 people on the Play by the Rules Facebook page. Switching the Field describes themselves as “humble members of the greater soccer community doing our part to help the game.”

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  • Why adults behave like kids at kids sport

    Why adults behave like kids at kids sport

    Clyde Rathbone explores why adults often behave poorly at kids sporting events. Is the answer at the juncture of misguided values and insecurity? 

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  • A male feminist view on women's sport

    A male feminist view on women's sport

    Today is International Women’s Day. I thought it important that Play by the Rules runs a feature on the day to highlight the great progress made in recent times in women’s sport. After all, Play by the Rules is all about inclusion and there’s a lot to celebrate. 

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  • Kids call timeout on poor sideline behaviour

    Kids call timeout on poor sideline behaviour

    Parents all want their children to shine on the sports field. Yet there’s nothing that will dull a child’s sparkle more than having parents and spectators pressure them from the sidelines.

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  • Want to keep kids in sport - then make it fun!

    Want to keep kids in sport - then make it fun!

    There's a real problem in Australia of kids dropping out of sport. To fix it we should look at why children like to play games in the first place. My son's soccer team seems to have worked it out, writes Paul Kennedy.

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  • Parents on trial

    Parents on trial

    Article by sports nut and dad Mark Slater who recounts his personal experience of taking his son to cricket and being told to, politely, 'butt out' by the coach. Parents behaviour at kids sport is critical to success.. 

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  • Keeping our most vulnerable children safe

    Keeping our most vulnerable children safe

    While some children are more vulnerable to abuse based on factors including age, gender, ethnicity, disability and prior abuse or neglect, some may also be more vulnerable because of situational factors...

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  • Wise words shaping our club culture

    Wise words shaping our club culture

    Every day in our sports clubs and organisations our words are shaping the reality of our club culture and of the individuals who take part in our activities. Often this has more significance than our clubs’ written words and codes of conduct.

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  • The religious playing field

    The religious playing field

    The relationship between sports and religion may be awkward, but that is no reason for sports administrators to dismiss religion as ‘not their business’. Just as sports adapt their practices for people with disabilities, younger people, older people, and same sex people, sports must also consider religious beliefs in the administration of their programs.

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