Cheating Abundant in Youth Sports, Study Suggests

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A new study of youth sports finds at least 10 percent of athletes admit cheating, often because their coaches encourage it. In one recent case, a coach was suspended after being caught on video moving a yardage marker.


This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

A new study of youth sports disclosed this week that nearly 10 percent of student athletes admit to cheating and 7 percent of coaches encourage their players to cheat. Well, how else are they going to learn? Paul Bryan, an assistant football coach at San Pedro High School in California, may be among that number. This week, Mr. Bryan was suspended for a year after a videotape caught him moving a field marker to help his team advance down the field. San Pedro's principal said the suspension was necessary to send out a clear message of disapproval. Paul Bryan made no comment, but Devin Carter, one of his runningbacks, said of the moving marker, `It makes us look bad.'

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