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Award goes to BEA Youth Softball teams

By Staff | Aug 20, 2017

Members of the BEA 10U, 12U, and 14U Youth Softball teams hold up their sportsmanship awards.

Southern Star Softball, in partnership with Youth 1st, The Walser Foundation, Federated Insurance, Jostens, Pearson, Cashwise, Bennerotte and Associates and the Minnesota Twins Community Fund have selected the Blue Earth Area Maroon 10U, 12U and 14U Youth Softball Teams as the recipients of a Youth 1st Team Award for their outstanding sportsmanship during the 2017 Southern Star League Softball Tournament.

The Youth 1st Team Award recognizes positive behavior from players, coaches and everyone associated with the team (parents, fans and spectators).

“We are placing the emphasis on how you play the game, which is ultimately more important than if you win or lose.” said Mark Arjes, founder/director of Youth 1st. “It has become increasingly difficult to get coaches and officials for youth sports because of the abuse that they take during games. We believe it is time to model and encourage values-based actions, creating what we call a Conduct 1st environment where the focus is on the kids, competitive energies are kept in check and officials and opponents are respected.”

About Youth 1st, Inc.: (www.youth1st.com)

The Youth 1st Team Award was created by working with the umpires and tournament directors. The umpire provided a team selection vote after each game during the tournament based on the conduct and sportsmanship exhibited by coaches, players and fans. Teams with a positive selection to game ratio of 80 percent or higher are recognized as Youth 1st Teams. Teams are presented with a Team plaque and certificates plus tickets for all players and coaches to attend and be recognized at an upcoming Minnesota Twins home game at Target Field. The mission of Youth 1st is to connect Conduct, Character and Community through values-based youth development. Youth 1st is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in March of 2010, headquartered in Owatonna. Youth 1st is an official Playball! MN Partner.

About Southern Star Softball: (www.southernstarsoftball.org) Southern Star Softball has a history of providing a values-based competitive softball experience for the youth it serves. The underlying philosophy is to provide each participant the opportunity and encouragement to pursue their own level of excellence within the context of softball a team sport.

About the Twins Community Fund: (www.twinscommunityfund.org)

Established as a nonprofit organization in 1991, the mission of the Twins Community Fund is to enrich local and regional communities by providing resources for the healthy development of children and families through an association with baseball, softball and the Minnesota Twins. The Twins Community Fund is governed by a board of directors, representative of the Upper Midwest. For more information or to make a contribution visit www.twinscommunityfund.org.