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The Little Pony and The Code

March 25, 2014
By Charles Battles of Mt Zion High School

The Little Pony and The Code

There is a national story this week about the little boy who was bullied because he had a "Little Pony" bookbag. Since then, it has also come out that another little boy committed suicide because he too was bullied for the same thing.


There is a lot of good natured "trash talking" and "teasing" that goes on all the time. But there is also a fine line between good natured conversation and that which is hurtful. And the truth is that we do not always know where that line is. Discuss with your team how we can know when we are being supportive and when we have crossed that line, whether accidentally on or purpose. What then can we do?


The Code says "...I will take responsibility when I fail to live up to this Code..." Is it your responsibility to act when you know someone has been hurt - but not by you? How do you do that? Do you speak to the victim or to the one who spoke? Or both?


"I will respect the dignity of every human being... I will be a positive influence..." How do you find the courage to live out this Code?


Adopt the Code for your team, school, or league:



The Code for Living

Life Principles Learned Through Sports


Because I am a role model and have the opportunity and responsibility to make a difference in the lives of others, I commit to this Code. I will take responsibility and appropriate actions when I fail to live up to it.


As an individual:

  • I will develop my skills to the best of my ability and give my best effort in practice and competition.
  • I will compete within the spirit and letter of the rules of my sport.
  • I will respect the dignity of every human being, and will not be abusive or dehumanizing of another either as an athlete or as a fan.

As a member of a team:

  • I will place team goals ahead of personal goals.
  • I will be a positive influence on the relationships on the team.
  • I will follow the team rules established by the coach.

As a member of society:

  • I will display caring and honorable behavior off the field and be a positive influence in my community and world.
  • I will give of my time, skills, and money as I am able for the betterment of my community and world.

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