Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Published Wednesday, July 22, 2015 with 0 comment

How To Choose An Effective Sports Program For Your Child


Participation in sports for children is no more an option. With ancillary benefits such as college admission and a whole expanse career options that sports now offer, parents are increasingly taking up pro sports for their children. The concern most parents face is how to choose the perfect sports program for your child. Here is a list of check points that can help you narrow down to a particular sports program.

Child Safety: A good youth sports management program needs to ensure your child's physical and sexual security as a strict practice. Here are a few things you can check to ensure your child's youth sports program is "child safe".
• All adolescents and adults' background has been verified whether they are volunteers or paid staff;
• All coaches, staff and volunteers are trained in first aid;
• There is a code of conduct for everyone working with and in the team including coaches and players. Activities like bullying, teasing, hazing by players or staff or yelling by coach etc. are discouraged.

Emphasis on learning and not winning: We would all agree that apart from the sport, we as parents enroll our children for sports for the ancillary benefits like sportsman spirit, team play, stamina, discipline, dedication and more. These collateral benefits help shape the child's overall personality. A good youth sports program would lay emphasis on these benefits more than winning the game. The child is put into undue pressure if the emphasis is on winning and might start having an inferiority complex if he is not able to perform.

Heterogeneous teams: The youth sports program should encourage teams with a heterogeneous mix of players with different ages, mixed abilities and skill-sets. This helps the child get good exposure and also provides a whole lot of life-skills learning for kids.

Solicits feedback and suggestions: Parent involvement in youth sports team is equal to the child's involvement, if not more. Your youth sports program should accommodate parents' suggestion and feedback. This way not only will the program benefit, parents can also trust the program more.

Another concern is financial commitment. Sports involvement comes at an expense. There is expensive gear, equipment sports articles that needs to be purchased. On top of that taking coaching, going to practice sessions and games, all of this also requires a lot of money. And by simple math, multiple sports equal to multiple expenses. There are used sports gear and equipment available that can bring in a little relief.

Continuous learning: A good youth sports program will lay emphasis on coach-training from time to time and will have strict standards of coach evaluation every season.
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Published Wednesday, July 22, 2015 with 0 comment

Jack Of All Or Master Of One


The eternal dilemma players and parents face: Multiple sports or one sport.


As kids grow, their involvement in sports also grows. Parents are often drawn to getting their children into sports given the physical, mental and emotional benefits attached to sports. While choosing which sport your child should participate in is one concern, the other and more pressing concern is should the child take up multiple sports or should she concentrate on just one.

While the concern is pretty common, the answer to it is not as simple. It requires an informed professional actively involved in training and coaching kids in sports to be able to tell individually for each kid.

Benefits of multiple sports


If we look at the way professional players are trained, we’ll see that there are combinations of multiple sports that the players are encouraged to undertake to develop skills. For instance an athlete might be encouraged to take up swimming to increase stamina or a gymnast might take up skiing or skateboard, which would help hone skills for the primary sport. This is especially important in case of young players who need to develop their skills and get a taste of multiple sports before they pick up their specialization.

And it is not just about skill development. Playing multiple sports breaks the monotony of a single sport and rejuvenates the player. It brings in a refreshing change and takes the boredom off practicing the same sport over and over again.

Drawback of multiple sports


Specialization is the key. If your child takes up a single sport, all the physical strength, energy and concentration is focused to a single activity. Dedicating all the time to a single sport will definitely help getting better at it. But experts argue that this may bring in boredom real soon. To avoid the monotony, kids can take up recreational activities like spending some real playtime with friends, camping, fishing or even family outings.

Another concern is financial commitment. Sports involvement comes at an expense. There is expensive gear, equipment sports articles that needs to be purchased. On top of that taking coaching, going to practice sessions and games, all of this also requires a lot of money. And by simple math, multiple sports equal to multiple expenses. There are used sports gear and equipment available that can bring in a little relief.

Which road to choose


Kids have a long way to go before they decide and get fixated on a particular sport. Playing multiple sports can develop various skills and can slowly bring in the focus to a particular sport. And when kids are ready to take up that one sport, then perhaps parents can encourage the child to specialize.
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Friday, 3 July 2015

Published Friday, July 03, 2015 with 0 comment

How to Expand the Scope of Youth Sports Program


Tips for coaches on how to grow their youth sports program.


Involved in a youth sports program and feel the need to grow it? Well here’s what you can do:

Reach out: Not just to other local clubs playing the same sport, but to teams playing other sports too. A healthy association with other clubs will help ensure that league dates or game dates do not clash. Similarly reach out to other local bodies and associations to promote an upcoming league; get in touch with the local church, schools etc. to giveaway flyers send out forms for registration.

Allow sports breaks: Everyone needs a break and players need it the most coz playing is serious business. The break allows players to relax, refresh and rejuvenate. Allow sports-free weekends every once in a while. This will also help players get their focus and perspective in place.

Incentivise: Sometimes the carrot works and sometimes the bribe. Use whatever works best in the given situation. After all organizing, administering, conducting, coaching and leading a youth sports program is no child’s play. For all the efforts, energy and resources that go into putting youth sports together you sure deserve to have a successful one. Give discounts for early registrations, give incentives for bringing new signups, let parents choose the payment option that suits them and not that is convenient to you.

Advertise: Spread the word everywhere you can; Facebook, school, local community. Use flyers, posters, printed tees with the team name on them, banners and more to get the local community interested.

While conducting and managing a youth sports program can be quiet a challenge in itself, getting people to sign-up initially can be equally daunting. But with the right planning and efforts put in, getting started can be a breeze. And then the real challenge would come in: the game, so all the best for that!.
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