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Heartland reacts to drug education for Little League players

Little League Baseball plans to introduce an educational program for coaches and volunteers intended to raise awareness about the use and dangers of performance-enhancing drugs among young players. Little League Baseball plans to introduce an educational program for coaches and volunteers intended to raise awareness about the use and dangers of performance-enhancing drugs among young players.
Buck said he fully supports Little League Baseball's stance about education. Buck said he fully supports Little League Baseball's stance about education.
Most importantly, Buck says youth sports have become more and more about doing whatever it takes to win. He wants fun more emphasized. Most importantly, Buck says youth sports have become more and more about doing whatever it takes to win. He wants fun more emphasized.
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Little League Baseball plans to introduce an educational program for coaches and volunteers intended to raise awareness about the use and dangers of performance-enhancing drugs among young players.

"Your best is good enough," Mike Buck, a youth baseball coach in Jackson, said. "I think its important that our coaches and parents tell those kids that. Your best is good enough for me."

Buck said he fully supports Little League Baseball's stance about education.

"So this is kinda nice we can educate them before it ever becomes an issue," Buck said. "Let them know that you don't take the shortcuts in life. You have to put in the hard work and do it naturally and those things pay off."

Buck said he and other coaches have taken this education approach one step further as well.

When kids ask about what the big leaguers did, they don't sugar coat it.

"My son is a perfect example," Buck said. "When he asks about what is going on with Alex Rodriguez or the others, I tell him. I say they cheated the system and they tried to get ahead in life without putting in the hard work. It's a great lesson for kids to see. It's something that's right in front of them. It's in the news everywhere you turn."

Most importantly, Buck says youth sports have become more and more about doing whatever it takes to win. He wants fun more emphasized.

"I think it is going to take a monumental effort to get youth sports back to where it needs to be," Buck said. "Back to the fun."

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