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That message of "You can be an athlete, a coach, a parent or an official, but you only get to be one — Know Your Role" was created by the SOSC in partnership with Travel Medford, with the goal of changing the trend of negative culture at local sporting events at the youth level. Now, it has been adopted nationally, spreading the message of positive sportsmanship and the love of the game.

In an agreement announced Tuesday morning, the SOSC, Travel Medford and USA Softball have formed an initial three-year partnership to push the Know Your Role campaign nationally. The effort is aimed at educating all parties involved in youth sports — athletes, coaches, parents and fans — about appropriate behavior directed toward officials and umpires.

The spectacular Rogue River flows through canyons and serene pools, nationally recognized for its fishing, jet boating, swimming and rafting opportunities. Possibilities abound to see river otters, eagles and all different kinds of spectacular fish.

No matter what level rider you are, there’s ample mountain biking terrain that’s just right for you in Southern Oregon, from beginner pump and jump tracks for kids to steep, fast and technical routes for advanced riders.

If you like mountain biking on uncrowded trails in deep, dense forest or along pristine lakeshores, I have a secret spot to tell you about. A half-day’s drive — or one-hour flight — north of the Bay Area, Southern Oregon may be best known for its wine sceneRogue River raftingCrater Lake National Park and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. But the region’s extensive network of mountain bike and gravel bike trails in the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges are simply out of this world.

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