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The Soul of Youth Sport

The Soul of Youth Sport

June 15 – 17, 2014


Test Your Legal Knowledge: High School Athletics
and the Law

Sister Mary Angela Shaughnessy
Sister Mary Angela Shaughnessy

Sister Mary Angela (Angie) Shaughnessy got people involved during her presentation on the second day of the NCEA’s Soul of Youth Sport conference. As a J.D. and Ph.D., Sister Angie knows something about the law. As a former teacher and school administrator, she also knows how to elicit class participation.


She presented her session, Legal Issues and Sports, in the form of a True/False test. Below is an abbreviated version. Mark down your answers and see how you do. Remember that these questions are about high school sports. We’ll take you to the correct answers a little later.


1. Students and staff in Catholic schools have fewer legal protections than do students in public schools.


2. Athletes can never be left unsupervised.


3. Most bullying of athletes occurs online.


4. Coaches should keep student/athlete confidences.


5. Every student has a right to play sports.


6. A certain amount of verbal abuse of students is expected and acceptable from a coach.


7. It is never legally advisable to touch students.


8. If a student is complaining of pain, the coach should use his/her judgment about administering over-the-counter medication.


9. Coaches and staff can be held liable for student harassment.


10. If a student has a doctor’s clearance to play, he/she must be allowed to play.


See how you did . . .




Sports + Catholic Education = A Rising Circle

NCEA Conference
Anthony Gargano (center) is joined by Chris Cosentino of the NCEA; Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, president of Neumann; Lee DelleMonache, director of the Neumann’s Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development and; and Matt Russell of the NCEA.


Sports radio personality Anthony Gargano got the 2014 Soul of Youth Sport conference off to a rousing start on the evening of Father’s Day. Addressing a group of approximately 50 secondary school administrators, coaches, and parents, Gargano spoke of the importance of teaching youngsters teamwork and ethics -- the combination provided by sports and Catholic education.


A veteran of 14 years at WIP and author of four books, he captured the crowd from the outset with the story of how he was awakened on Father’s Day morning. His younger son, Massimo, hit him on the forehead with a hockey stick. Gargano's reaction: "I loved it! He's gonna be a player."


The graduate of St. Monica's and Paul VI High School then turned serious. "As a teacher or a coach, you're an extended parent" to young men and women, emphasizing the responsibility that educators have to teach life lessons. "A strong circle (team or family) is a rising circle," he explained.


As an example, he used a current championship series, the San Antonio Spurs vs. the Miami Heat. "The story of this series isn't LeBron James, the best player of his generation," Gargano said. "It's the Spurs team. In the last game, they ran a fast break and made five passes. The ball never touched the floor. It wasn't sexy enough to make Sports Center, but it was beautiful teamwork." (Note: Later that night, the Spurs beat the Heat 104-87 in game five to capture the title, 4-1.)


Sponsored by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), the biannual conference approaches secondary school athletics with a focus on how to maintain an excellent athletic program while supporting and enhancing the mission of the school. With a focus on spiritual formation and respect, experts from around the country provide guidance on how to build programs that are examples of ethical and athletic excellence.


The conference continues through Tuesday with sessions that include Legal Issues and Sports, Concussion Management, Sport and Spirituality, College Recruiting, Responsible Social Networking, and Top 10 Student Athlete Risks.


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