In Brief: Dec. 6, 1999

OUT OF BOUNDS When trouble breaks out at kids' sporting events, who are the likely culprits? More often than not, it's the parents--an embarrassment that has prompted the National Alliance for Youth Sports www.nays.org to develop a parental-sportsmanship course that includes a handbook, a video and an ethical code. It instructs parents to respect players, coaches and officials and to "place the emotional and physical well-being" of the child "ahead of a personal desire to win." Thirty leagues are already using the materials. Florida's Jupiter-Tequesta Athletic Association is making the course mandatory.

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