For The Love Of The Game

Sports sometimes seem to be more about winning or the final score than about the fun of the game and the cooperation of the team. Boomer Esiason and Scott Lancaster visit The Saturday Early Show to discuss building character on the field.

Lancaster has just written the book "Fair Play: Making Organized Sports a Great Experience for Your Kids." It is a guide for coaches, parents, and players to get the most out of their athletic team experience and to make it as much a positive experience as possible.

Lancaster is donating his proceeds from "Fair Play" to benefit the Boomer Esiason Foundation for cystic fibrosis research.

He outlines seven principles to take to the game.

The Seven Principles of Fair Play:

1. Make it Fun
2. Limit Standing Around
3. Everyone Plays
4. Teach Every Position to Every Participant
5. Emphasize the Fundamentals
6. Incorporate a Progression of Development for Every Participant
7. Yell Encouragement, Whisper Constructive Criticism

Lancaster is the Senior Director of the NFL Youth Football Development. Since 1995, he has increased participation in NFL Youth Football community-based programs from 250,000 to over 4 million. His Fair Play program, created for children ages 7 to 14 of all skill levels, is put into practice through the NFL's popular JPD (Junior Player Development) program.

Lancaster has also developed a new sports TV program that aired on USA Network and ESPN. He created and directed City Block Soccer, and inner-city player development program for kids ages 5-14.
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