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I like organizations that give young people words to live by.

One of the reasons I love American Legion baseball games is the Legion Code of Sportsmanship.

I’ve seen players line up along the baseline before a game and say these words out loud:

I will keep the rules, keep the faith with my teammates, keep my composure, keep myself fit, keep a brave heart in defeat, keep my pride in victory, keep a healthy soul, a clean mind and a healthy body .

In June, while covering the National 4-H Shooting Championships, I noticed athlete engagement and coach engagement on the back of the program.

Students agree that as a 4-H competitor:

— I will do my best to live up to high ideals of ethics and sportsmanship.

People also read…

— I will compete honorably, fulfilling my duty to be trustworthy and honest.

— I will treat everyone, including coaches and match staff, with respect.

— I will be gracious in victory and I will accept defeat with dignity.

— I will remember that competing is a privilege, not a right.

— I will live up to the high standards of fair play.

— I will be open-minded, always ready to listen and learn.

— I will show interest in my teammates and my teammates.

— I will not engage in reckless behavior that could hurt myself or others.

— I will honor, observe and apply the rules.

— I will represent my club, my community and my state with honor, on and off the pitch.

— I will positively represent the 4-H program at all times.

Trapshooters are also expected to be good citizens. The Mid-Nebraska Trapshooting Conference is organized to provide trapshooting competition for junior and senior high school students “while instilling the notion of respect and responsibility by advocating the values ​​of ‘Sportsmanship, Academics, and Citizenship’.”

Many people are familiar with the Scout oath: “In my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help others at all times, to stay physically strong, mentally awake and morally upright.

Scouts also pledge to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, courageous, clean and respectful.

An old Western hero, the Lone Ranger, even had his own creed.

Those who subscribe to it believe, in part, “that to have a friend, a man must be one.”

Other parts of the creed state that “all men are created equal and each has within him the power to make this world a better place” and that “God put the firewood there but every man must pick it up and light it himself”.

Those who adhere to the creed believe “everything changes but the truth, and only the truth lives forever.” It ends with the words: “In my Creator, my country, my neighbour.

The creators of The Lone Ranger have also compiled a list of guidelines for writers to follow when writing Lone Ranger stories.

– Even if The Lone Ranger offers his help to individuals or small groups, the ultimate goal of his story is to imply that their benefit is just a by-product of a greater achievement – development of the West or of our country. Its adversaries are usually groups whose power is such that vast territories are at stake.

— All opponents are American to avoid criticism from minority groups.

— Criminals are never shown in unenviable positions of wealth or power, and they never come across as successful or glamorous.

Even I have to admit that a few guidelines are fun.

One says: “At all times, The Lone Ranger uses perfect grammar and precise speech completely devoid of slang and colloquial phrases.”

Another guideline says, “The Lone Ranger does not drink or smoke, and saloon scenes are generally cast as cafes with waiters and food instead of bartenders and booze.”

In the Wild West portrayed by The Lone Ranger, it was hard even for bad guys to find a drink.

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