I’m a fan of TED Talks and am happy to present this video which many of you may have already seen. Although it doesn’t mention it directly it discusses the problem with the professionalism of youth sport programs.
John O’Sullivan describes how youth sport parents and coaches seem more interested in the outcomes of some youth sport contests than the young athletes and he suggests that the best thing that parents can do is to simply get out of the way, let the kids have a good time playing and then tell them how much you (the parent) enjoy watching them play.
There’s more. Take a look:
At its most elementary level and because of the way it is organized, youth sport almost has to be the way O’Sullivan describes. Losing 70% of youngsters (according to most research, by the age of 12) removes the child from the national sport development process but more importantly robs them of a childhood of fun, passionate, and joyous movement experiences.