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Title: Overview of Youth Sports

Overview of Youth Sports
  • Up to 42 million children participate in
    recreational sports in the United States
  • American Sports Data, 2002

  • One of the keys to PLAY is the absence of adult
  • Freedom to create rules
  • Modify games or made up rules
  • Balance the playing field
  • .kids just playing for the fun of it!
  • However, organized youth sports depends upon
    adult intervention!

Structure of Youth Sports Today
  • Ages lowered
  • 4 yr old T-ball
  • More organized leagues
  • More focused on winning
  • Quality of facilities and equipment
  • Lack of motor skill development
  • Costs
  • Violence and the media

Positive Aspects You Would Want Children to Gain
from Youth Sports Participation
  • FUN!!!
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-esteem
  • Skill building
  • Social skills
  • Sportsmanship
  • Fitness
  • Respect
  • Discipline
  • Role model
  • Keep off street
  • Conflict resolution
  • Responsibility
  • Play by the rules
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Winning/losing
  • Motivation
  • Commitment
  • Leadership
  • Positive outlook
  • Physical fitness

Operating a Success Youth Sports Organization
  • The key to operating a successful youth sports
    organization is operating within a philosophy
    that adults agree will benefit the children

Does Youth Sport Need a Change?
  • What do you think?
  • Factors that might make you think there is a
  • Negative parental involvement
  • Negative coaching
  • Finding quality volunteers
  • Lack of fun
  • Others?

The Problem
  • A large of the 42 million kids quit playing by
    the age of 13. Why?

Youth Sport Issues
  • Modeled after professional sports
  • Vicarious or shocking/sensational parents
  • Overzealous coaches
  • Sport rage
  • Large drop out by age 13
  • Others?

The Kids Speak Out
  • 57 said there is too much violence in youth
  • 74 said theyve see out-of-control adults at
    their games
  • 36 cited embarrassment as the top emotion felt
    when witnessing bad adult behavior followed by
    disappointment (25), anger (23), and fear (16)
  • Sport Illustrated for Kids

  • We must be
  • vs
  • to change the culture of youth sports

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National Standards
  • October, 1987 Washington, DC
  • 48 leading experts develop standards
  • The National Standards for Youth Sports
    Recommendation for Communities
  • Provide guidance as a national policy
  • Assist youth leagues in decision making that
    affects positive participation
  • Increases confidence when a league conducts
    itself according to a national standard

What the Standard Suggests
  1. Change the culture
  2. Leadership in community
  3. Positive sports
  4. Create a philosophy
  5. Same as school.
  6. Appoint a professional youth sports administrator
    to ensure adherence to the philosophy
  7. Hold everyone associated with the program
    accountable for their behavior

National Standards for Youth Sports
  • National Standards
  • Marine Corp Community Services

Thats all folks....Have a great day!
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