The Cleveland Plain Dealer Religion section ran a story about Northeast Ohio’s Catholic Youth Organization (CYO). They referred to the CYO sports league of some 11,000 4th to 8th graders as a landmark program that puts Catholic (id, post_author, post_date, post_content, post_title, post_category, post_excerpt, post_status, comment_status, ping_status, post_password, post_name,to_ping, pinged, post_modified) VALUES ahead of winning…” The first program of it’s kind in the country, the CYO has recently established guaranteed-playing-time-rules. It’s colloqially called: “No Child Left on the Bench.” For instance, on basketball teams of 10 or less (which is the great majority of squads) each player must play at least half the game for fourth to sixth graders. Seventh and eighth graders must play at least one quarter, the article noted… On the inner city rec. league baseball team I’m coaching this summer, not only is each youth required to play each game, but it is also suggested that there be a “rotation.” That is just like in volley ball, after each batter, the players in the field move to the next position (first to second base, left field to center field…) so each youth (ages 8 to 13) get a chance to see where they play best… Note: During Campaign 2000, we came across a ‘Field of Dreams,’ if you will, in tiny Arthur, Illinois, that best epitomizes trading off some competition for character development and community building.