Child Centered Sports is a
philosophy that embrace the concept that young athletes should be the
center or focus of a sports activity. This should be a positive
environment that is constantly monitored
by caring and trained adult coaches, administrators, parents and
Child Centered Sports
Volunteer coaches and officials
should receive training and develop an appreciation for their
responsibility as role models and protectors of their charges.
Details of this approach to youth
sports can be presented in a series of seminars designed to provide
practical guidance on techniques
that identify and prevent abusive behavior toward children during
non-school youth sports activities.
|Volunteer Coaches Educational Seminars
||Specific Sports Issues
it takes to be a volunteer coach
Why kids play and quit sports
Dealing with parents
Winning and losing
What it takes to be a role model
Child abuse prevention
Injury prevention and treatment
Suggested drills to reinforce fundamentals
Sport specific conditioning
Organizing effective practices
Offensive and defensive Strategies
- The Mental
game pre competition assessment. Discovering an individual's mental
obstacles inhibiting their athletic potential.
- Practical methods to show
athletes how to implement seminar concepts. Discuss with coaches the
time required to
implement the sports psychology skills.
- Winning Confidence: Believing you can achieve your goals.
- Focusing: The Magic of Concentration.
- Switching Mindset from the Practice to the Performance.
- Mentally Focusing on a Pre Performance Routine.
- Mental Preparation Strategies.
- Developing Mental Preparation Strategies.
- The Psychology of Great Performance.
- Effective Practicing Makes for a Perfect
Sport Specific Topics:
- Maximizing the results of Practice Time.
- Building Team Unity/Cohesion.
- Boosting Teamwork.
- Preparing for Tough Competition.
- The triggers of entering the "zone".
Interactive, problem solving
- How to quickly and consistently
get in the zone.
- Learning how to achieve
- Consistently Performing
- Laser focus to ignore
- When the wheels come off how to
- Mindsets to maximize practice
- How to peak for an important
- Overcoming slumps.
- Getting into a comfort zone.
- How to insure all the pieces
- What inspires a masterful
- The keys to an inspired routine.
- The psychology of winning.
- Losing Gracefully.
Topics for Parent Orientation:
Movement Patterns – Functional Assessment & Training
an Athlete – From Minor to Major Injuries
Continuum – Stabilizing to total body performance
- Role of parents in youth sports
parents need to fulfill
responsibilities to young athletes
- Don't allow the child to "Guilt
- Be objective and honest in
praise and comments
- Don't live vicarious through
- Tip for being a good sports
- Pledge to promote good
- Lost its child-centered focus,
meaning less emphasis on the child's experience and more emphasis on
adult-centered motives, such as winning.
- Suffered from the actions of over invested sports parents,
maintain unrealistic expectations and fail to behave in a way that
promotes the development
of their own child and others.
- Failed to provide sufficient background checks, training
evaluations for coaches, who are so instrumental in the youth sports
- Focused on early sports specialization, leading to burnout,
injuries and a hyper-competitive atmosphere focused on travel team
participation at an
- Lost the voice of the child, who is participating in sports
or her own goals, which
- experts say include fun, friends, fitness and skill
Of Children Participating In Competitive Sports
June 14, 2011 Competitive sports are usually organized around the rules
regulations of a sports organization or other entity. The pros of
competitive sports include many benefits for children if the sports
include child-oriented goals and controls for appropriate expectations,
child readiness and safety, according to the American Academy of
Pediatrics. A shift in focus away from child-centered practices can
negate the benefits children get from competitive sports.
Involvement in Sport and Physical Activity...
Approach to Involvement in Sport and Physical Activity. Deliberate
Practice and Deliberate Play.
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