You’ve probably heard about these problems in the news or at work, but do you really know how common juvenile delinquency really is in your local sports leagues? Understanding this phenomenon will help you good prepare to deal with it when it arises. With that in mind, here are some facts and statistics about juvenile delinquency and how it relates to sports in America today.

What do we mean by juvenile delinquency?

When say juvenile delinquency, is one of many labels that describe a variety of problematic behaviors by minors. However, these terms can use interchangeably. The term juvenile delinquent simply refers to a child or teen that engages in illegal or troubling behavior. 

Essentially, juvenile delinquency consists of activities by minors that are deem unlawful according to state law and/or violate moral norms. In more serious cases, children and teens may end up with an official record which can be troublesome later on when applying for jobs or school admissions. More often than not, however, juvenile delinquents are dealt with by their parents and schools.

What needs to be done?

This is a serious issue that not enough people are talking about. Too many athletes and coaches shrug off kids’ misbehavior or even encourage it either by playing favorites or making unwarranted threats. Ignoring juvenile delinquency, and letting your players run wild these things will lead to worse things down the road. 

Once an athlete has developed a reputation for causing trouble, it becomes increasingly difficult to reel them back in and restore order. Even if they aren’t seriously hurting others at home or on campus, their school needs to take action and show them that bad behavior is unacceptable no matter where it occurs. That means more suspensions for big offenses (and even for small ones), along with earlier intervention when behaviors start taking a turn for the worse.

Who are the best people for this job?

While it’s tempting to automatically turn to your friends and family for help, many professional athletes don’t use a personal trainer or a coach during their off-seasons. While you may be able to get free advice from people who know you, oftentimes they lack expertise and might not fully understand what will work best for your body. 

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Instead, find someone that has solid experience and understands how to tailor workouts to fit specific needs especially if they have knowledge of working with athletes. Always research any trainer or coach before you engage with them. Ideally, they should have a certification (such as USAW, NASM, NSCA), experience working with clients who are like you, and be able to provide references.

How does our solution work?

The solution is to improve funding for programs in schools and also provide more adequate rest periods during practice. By improving these factors, we would be able to curb juvenile delinquency as well as injury amongst our athletes. Without proper care, physical and mental health is quickly compromise with the immense psychological damage that can cause serious mental health problems, burnout, and even depression. 

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Why is this better than other approaches?

Sometimes kids start acting out, get into trouble with teachers

or coaches, or just don’t seem to be doing well in school. If that happens at a younger age, parents often wonder if they should pull their child from sports. That’s often not a good idea. I think sports are important for kids

and I know it is a concern among parents that participating can cause problems

with their kids if they have behavioral issues, says Angela Mayrose-Weber of NSF International (formerly National Sanitation Foundation).

However, she explains that research shows just one hour per week spent playing sports reduces juvenile delinquency by 34 percent.

Examples

When a high school coach’s son was suspend for marijuana possession

and skipping class, he make some very proactive choices: He talked to his son about it, did what he could to help him improve as a student, and tried to set a good example on being an athlete who doesn’t do drugs. When that didn’t work, he opted for drastic measures: He kicked his son off his team. His reasoning? There was no way I was going to let it go. I said, ‘You want me to be honest with you?