If girls refuse to play sports, how to convince them to stay in the game?
Young female empowerment is still an issue in today’s sports world. Parents and coaches must level up their game, support young athletes’ dreams, encourage them to reach their goals, and provide them with a supportive environment.
Encouraging and sustaining young female athletes is not just a popular concept. It’s a well-researched, powerful move that we as individuals and even as a community must do to ensure our girls’ physical, mental, and emotional health.
Today, schoolboys are far more physically active than girls in the same…
Do you know the parent’s role in youth sports?
In our journey of discovering the role of each member in the Youth Sports Triangle, we had a look at the coaches influence in the Youth Sports Triangle relationships.
In this article, we will switch our focus on the parents, the support system of this dynamic.
Parents probably have the most significant influence over their children, playing a crucial role in their child’s development. The quality of the coach-athlete relationship is dictated by their perceptions of and feelings towards the coach.
If parents feel a connection and understanding from the coach…
For this article, we will define “youth sports” as participation in a competitive team sport for children ages 5–18.
We must admit that the stakes are much higher in youth sports than we want to acknowledge.
American families spend from $100 to $24,000 per year on youth sports for their kids. The seasons come and go so fast.
Strong experiences in youth sports lead to improved lifestyles for the participants. The well-being of children, and having fun takes priority over winning, but winning is still important for a lot of the members.
Let’s take a moment and assume a few…
Bringing Back The Joy of the Game
Let’s have a look at the culture of youth sports today and answer two questions: What is broken with youth sports? And how can we fix it?
According to research, a child’s main reason for playing sports is to “have fun.” Yet by the time they are 13 years old, 70% drop out of team sports. Why? According to an extensive study, the most common answer for both boys and girls is because they are not having fun.
Let’s have a look at the world of youth sports today. We see parents sending…
A Poem by Meagan Frank:
There’s something I need to tell you
About how I want to play
But I don’t think how you listen
You hear all I have to say.
I’m afraid I’ll disappoint you.
It would kill me if I did.
So I’ll do my very best
And I’ll say it like a kid.
It isn’t always words I use:
My messages unclear.
I do try hard to tell you, though
It’s playing I hold dear.
Play is what I’m after
As I seek my happy place.
Just watch me run and challenge:
To change the culture of youth sports by bringing the focus back on the kids. If we don’t…
Who are we doing this for?
Adults, such as parents and coaches are responsible for building a healthy youth sports environment. To attain this goal, adults should think about asking these six key questions in this adult-centric sports environment.
Youth sports participation has increased in the last decade, with kids engaging in a wide variety of sports at ages earlier than ever. …
Since starting on the journey of making our upcoming documentary film Where Our Children Play: The Challenge of Youth Sports, I have been blessed by connecting with some incredible people who have not only opened my eyes to the world of youth sports, but who have also helped me on my path of becoming a better coach, and a better person.
I have been inspired by so many to push the boundaries of what I thought were the problems of youth sports and have challenged me to realize what the problems actually are and what the solutions could be.
“Please by my coach, please!!!!!!”
That’s how I got into coaching youth soccer. My 8 years old, almost begging me to pick up the reigns of his new club team. I never thought about being anything more than DAD. I wanted to go to his practices, watch his games and cheer him on. I had read so many horror stories about how parents who coach their kids frequently lose their path. Too many stories out there of parents ruining their relationship with their kids while coaching them. I did not want that. …
YOUTH SPORTS IN AMERICA: The Challenge of Youth Sports
Who are we doing this for?
Parents yelling on the sidelines, “Shoot!,” “Pass,!” “What’s wrong with you?”, “C’mon!”, “Kill that kid!”
This was a father to his son at a soccer game a few months ago, after our team tied the other at the buzzer and the boy was running on to the field to high five his teammates.
Dad finished the job with: “Don’t celebrate! You didn’t score.”
Coaches treating every game and practice as if they were heading into a World Cup Final. “Spread out!” “Oh c’mon ref…