The Twin Ports Rampage 12U Gold and 14U Gold fastpitch softball teams were named recipients of a Youth 1st Team Award for their outstanding sportsmanship during the recent 2019 Down ‘N Dirty Tournament, hosted by the Eagan Fastpitch Association.
The Youth 1st Team Award recognizes positive behavior from players, coaches and everyone associated with the team, including 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 and director of Youth 1st. “It has become increasingly difficult to find and retain 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.”
The two Rampage teams were presented with a plaque and certificates, plus tickets for all players and coaches to attend and be recognized at a Twins home game at Target Field.