Youth Sports Philosophy

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List at least 10 positive benefits from participation in youth sports. How does your program ensure that participants gain these benefits?

1. Playing sports is FUN. Sports participation provides children with something to do and a group to belong to. This group of friends has similar goals and interests.

2. Research has found that children who play sports, especially girls, are more likely to have a positive body image, higher self-esteem and are less likely to be overweight. For more information, facts and figures about Girls in Sports please refer to the Women's Sports Foundation.

3. Children involved in sports are less likely to engage in risky behaviors (like taking drugs or smoking) because they realize the impact that these destructive activities can have upon their performance.

4. Physical activities are a good way to relieve stress and reduce depression.

5. Sports help to develop discipline in children. Participants learn to set goals and then work hard to achieve those goals.

6. Children who play sports quickly learn that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. They learn to be a good sport in both situations.

7. Statistics show that children who are involved in sports while in high school are more likely to experience academic success, graduate from high school and stay active for a lifetime.

8. Sports help develop important life skills like teamwork, communication and leadership skills.

9. Motor skills, strategic thinking, and even math skills are learned by playing sports. Participants develop strategic thinking skills as they figure out plays and math skills as they calculate scores and stats.

10. Regular exercise increases quality of life. Children who exercise and participate in sports are more likely to continue to be active into adulthood.

We ensure our program provides the opportunity for our participants to gain these benefits.

We follow-through with our programing and acquire local community support from parents to marketing to leadership.

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What are the National Standards for Youth Sports? What do they mean to you?

|NATIONAL STANDARDS | | |1. Quality Sports Environment. | | |  | | |2. Sports participation should be fun and a portion of a child’s life | | |  | | |3. Training and Accountability | | |  | | |4. Screening Process | | |  | | |5. Parents’ Commitment | | |  | | |6. Sportsmanship | | |  | | |7. Safe Playing...
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