The Best And Worst

Tim: The worst day, or I should say evening, was early in my career, and I still had some learning to do! I allowed an adult softball player who had been suspended for two weeks by a league umpire to play after one week. That same umpire happened to be at the game and saw the player on the field. I received a visit from the umpire that evening at my home. After that experience, I learned to check out the facts before making decisions.

What is the best idea you or your staff has come up with, and how has it impacted your youth-sports programming?

Tim: One of the best ideas the Salina Parks and Recreation Department has implemented is the certification of coaches, and educating parents and teams about the sports in which they will be participating. A positive impact has also been a reduction in coach suspensions, due in part to a better understanding of the role of a coach.

Fred Engh is founder and CEO of the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) in West Palm Beach, Fla. He can be reached via e-mail at To join more than 3,000 communities by starting a NAYS chapter, visit or contact Emmy Martinez at or (800) 729-2057.

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