Burlington launching ‘Court Respect Initiative’ to promote sportsmanship

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BURLINGTON, N.C. — City Parks and Recreation officials are launching the Court Respect Initiative to promote sportsmanship at youth basketball games.

“We will go on the court, center court and talk to the parents, the players, the coaches, even the officials about what we expect, what court respect is,” said Jordan Wood, athletic coordinator for the Burlington’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Under the initiative, before basketball games parents, coaches and players will be reminded to stay calm even when the game starts to heat up.

Last year, Wood says there were a several instances where parents and coaches acted inappropriately, using bad language and yelling at referees during youth games.

The city has 25 teams with athletes ranging from ages 5 through 18.

“It just needs to be a fun environment that people can come and play, be skilled driven and just have good time,” Wood said.

Children and teens will also have to wear wristbands with the Court Respect logo on it.

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