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  • Parent run youth sports creates a philosophical difference between their intentions and the rec dept’s philosophy
  • What's Happening on Your Fields?

    1. 1. What’s Happening on YOUR Fields?John EnghKate Dilworth
    2. 2. Today’s Session• NAYS – Who we are…• Evolution of Youth Sports• Current Challenges• Self-Assessment Exercise• Recommendations for Communities• Youth Sports Tools• Wrap-up
    3. 3. Nays overviewOver the past 30 years, NAYS has expanded… Educational Programs: •Coaches •Volunteer administrators •Professional administrators •Officials •Parents Youth Development Programs: •Start Smart Sports Development Programs •Hook a Kid on Golf •Ready, Set, RUN!
    4. 4. A Brief History of Youth Sports in America…• Sandlot/Pickup Games• Professional and college influence• Local “organizations”• National Organizations – Pop Warner – 1929 – Little League – 1939 – AYSO – 1964• All Stars• Youth Sports Associations• Travel Teams• Where are we headed?
    5. 5. Sports Then & NowWHEN KIDS PLAYSports 30 Years Ago: Played every day with theneighborhood kids for hours on end, whatever sport was inseason.Now: Kids only play and practice real sports when adultsformally organize them. The rest of the time they are playingvideo versions of sport on Wii, Playstation, and X-Box. Rarelydo you see kids organize informal, real games of their own.
    6. 6. Sports Then & NowWHERE KIDS PLAY (Facilities)30 Years Ago: Kids of all ages went into a backyard ornearby vacant lot to play.Now: Kids play on perfectly manicured and lined fields.TRAINING (Getting Better)30 Years Ago: Kids played against other neighborhood kidsof all ages and had to get better in order to compete with theolder ones. They often played on their own to get better.Now: Kids attend dedicated sports facilities where a paidinstructor provides expert tutelage on a regular basis. Theyattend multiple summer camps and many play on travelteams that formally train throughout the year. They also mayreceive speed and agility training.
    7. 7. Sports Then & NowEQUIPMENT30 Years Ago: Kids were lucky to have a glove in the familyand you shared bats with the neighbor kids. The bases were acracked Frisbee, a piece of cardboard or a worn out dirt spot.Now: T-ballers have their own bats, batting helmets, battinggloves, and bat bags to carry all their gear.UNIFORMS30 Years Ago: Uniforms? It was whatever you were wearingthat day. T-shirt, jeans, and an old, worn-out, sweat-stainedbaseball cap with the logo from the local team.Now: Full uniforms with names on the back of each jerseyand customized bat bags.
    8. 8. Sports Then & NowCHOOSING TEAMS30 Years Ago: Kids picked their own teams by choosing upsides. The person who got the first pick, usually determinedby who had the last hand on the bat handle, got the first pickand the other person got the next two picks.Now: Roster is made up by coach or community league usingcomplicated drafts and evaluations.RULES OF THE GAME30 Years Ago: Kids made up their own rules to fit thesituation. If the ball goes over the house in left field it is anautomatic home run. But if it goes over the fence in right field,where the vicious dog lives, its an automatic out.And YOU have to climb the fence.Now: All rules are listed in the official Little League Rule Book.
    9. 9. Sports Then & NowMAKING THE CLOSE CALLS30 Years Ago: Kids got to decide all the close plays.Sometimes the older, more dominant player said, "I get thecall or Ill beat you up." Other times the kid who brought theball got the call, otherwise he was going to take his ball andgo home.Now: Uniformed paid umpires make all the calls.DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP30 Years Ago: You had to develop leadership skills toinfluence who was on your team, getting the close calls, andkeeping your friends focused and on track so you could winthe game.Now: Adults make 90% of the decisions in youth sports:choosing teams, making out lineups, deciding close plays,handling disagreements, etc.
    10. 10. Sports Then & NowREWARDS FOR PLAYING30 Years Ago: Kids enjoyed the intrinsic rewards ofcompeting and playing with friends. You had bragging rightsover your friends or the next neighborhood.Now: Every kid now is given a shiny, new trophy in t-ball justfor showing up. They seek and have come to expect theextrinsic rewards more so than the intrinsic.REFRESHMENTS30 Years Ago: Drinking out of a garden hose with hot,rubber-tasting water when the game was done.Now: Moms and dads are assigned "Snack" where they bringGatorade bottles and chips or Oreos for each player. Manytimes the highlight of the game in the kids minds is the snackthey receive, not any good plays that might have been made.
    11. 11. The ChangingCulture of Youth SportsAge of Participants Specialization Travel/Select/Elite For the Parents or the Children?
    12. 12. What positive aspects would youwant children to gain from youth sports participation?
    13. 13. What positive aspects would youwant children to gain from youth sports participation?• FUN!!! • follow through• self-confidence • responsibility• self-esteem • play by the rules• skill building • communication• social skills • teamwork• sportsmanship • winning/losing• fitness • motivation• respect • commitment• discipline • leadership• role model • positive outlook
    14. 14. The Sport Parent Paradox• Parents enroll their children in sport because they believe that sport participation has tangible benefits – and they are right!• It IS a fun, safe and healthy activity• Shift Happens - Parents voluntarily sign their children up for a fun activity and then do all they can to eliminate the fun their children are having• #1 Issue - Identification
    15. 15. Identification in Today’s Youth Sport Culture is the #1 Issue• Identification - living through your child’s experience but applying your own set of values• Identification is based on outcomes – winning – all-star teams – playing time – fitting into society Adults are Product Oriented Who won? Did my child play? How many hits/tackles/points did they get? Children are Process Oriented Was it fun?
    16. 16. We must be Proactive NOT Reactive“He who has the gold makes the rules!”
    17. 17. Recommendations for CommunitiesPART 1 Adopt a community philosophy that makes youth sports safe and positive for childrenPART 2 Appoint a professional youth sports administrator to ensure adherence to the philosophyPART 3 Holding programs accountable
    18. 18. SelfAssessmentExercise
    19. 19. Part 1: Adopt a Community Youth Sports Philosophy• What’s a community philosophy – Should complement your existing departmental mission statement and general philosophies – Hold EVERY program accountable to the those standards• How? – Hold a working meeting with local leaders to develop the philosophy – Have leaders sign acknowledgement
    20. 20. SAMPLE: {Community} Youth Sports Philosophy We are committed to providing and supporting recreationalyouth sports opportunities with emphasis on sportsmanship,learning skills, positive attitude, confidence, high moral standardsand a love of the game. We believe in the benefits and attraction of youth sports asa means to teach the children of this community values and skillsthat benefit them throughout life -physically, socially andemotionally. In order to realize the true value of youth sportsparticipation and to provide a safe, positive and fun environmentfor children and their families, we must hold high standards amongour programs as well as all users of our community’s youth sportsfacilities. All participants, parents, coaches, and youth sportsadministrators are expected to support this philosophy.
    21. 21. • First introduced in 1987, revised in 2008• Nine standards provide national policy guidance• Offers specific policies and procedures• Assists decision making process
    22. 22. Part 2: Professional Youth Sports AdministratorQualifications: college degree, specific training in youth sportsadministration, commitment to positive and safe sports for children,leadership skills, excellent communication skills, highly organizedOversees the entire youth sports operation: – Acts as a liaison between the recreation department and community leaders and elected officials – Responsible for working with outside sports programs – Ensures youth sports philosophy, policies and procedures are clearly understood and followed by all sports program partners – Responsible for providing or overseeing requirements for all volunteers, including volunteer administrators and coaches – Respond accordingly to all complaints and conflicts – Commitment to quality – set example for community with own programs – Stay up to date on national youth sports topics, news and trends
    23. 23. Part 2:Professional Youth SportsAdministrator
    24. 24. Part 3: Hold Programs Accountable - Requirements• Establishing Requirements – Insurance – Residency – Purpose Statement – Established Non-Profit – Volunteer Training (Administrators, Coaches, Officials) – Volunteer Screening – Defined Parent Orientation – Signed Acknowledgement of policies & philosophies
    25. 25. Part 3: Hold Programs Accountable - OversightSanctioning/Eligibility Process • Qualifying for field usePrioritizing/Approval of Field Use • Prioritizing Use • Oversight of the process • Permitting proceduresAnnual Sports Partners Meeting • Scheduled Annual (minimal) Meeting • Attendance Requirements • Review Procedures/Philosophy • Updating Documents • Verification of RequirementsSite Visits – Spot Checks • Philosophy being upheld????
    26. 26. Tools to Utilize• Recommendations for Communities• National Standards For Youth Sports• Professional Development for Youth Sports Administrators• Training for Volunteer League Leaders• Training for Volunteer Coaches• Orientation for Parents• Effective Screening Program• Evaluation Systems (Coach & League)
    27. 27. NYSAA Overview• Volunteer Coach Management• Participants/Kids• Officials• Dealing with Parents• Volunteer Boards• Protecting Yourself from Embezzlement• Youth Sports & the Law• Other Topics: – Insurance – Child Abuse Prevention – Fundraising – Marketing/Social Networking
    28. 28. Every NYSAA member gets a personalizedwebsite with tons of tools and resources…
    29. 29. It’s not just about coach training…Four components of providing quality youthsports programs:1. Screening – Guidelines & Management2. Training – Live and Online Clinics – continuing education – membership benefits - value3. Evaluation – Coach Rating System4. Accountability – Code of Conduct/ Reporting & Revocation Procedures
    30. 30. Now at NAYS.org, every NYSCA member gets a personalized website with tons of tools and resources…
    31. 31. Member area highlights…Coach Ratings:Provides feedback from parentevaluations all season longSportingKid Magazine:Youth sport magazine packedwith news, tips & expert infoSkills & Drills:Video and printable exercisesfor practice preparationCoaching Forum:Ask questions & shareknowledge with over 150,000NYSCA membersEducational Resources:Additional content relevant tocoaching youth sports
    32. 32. Chapter ManagementEstablishing a chapter gives you access to anumber of tools to ensures your youth sportsvolunteer workforce is made up ofquality, reliable individuals. In addition to theNYSCA coach training program you haveaccess to:• Background Screening & Management• Online Evaluation Tool• Accountability Policies and Procedures Plus many other youth sports resources
    33. 33. Manage your CoachesView members :All relevantinformation isavailable in onedatabase
    34. 34. Manage your CoachesSelect a memberfor more detailedinformation:Editinformation, checkbackgroundinformation orinitiate an onlineevaluation for acoach.
    35. 35. Background ScreeningUse NAYSprogram:If you register forthe NAYS systemyou can viewresults in theChapterManagementsystem**stored securely byscreening companyUsing your ownscreeningsystem:Chapters can entertheir own screeningresults so that theycan be viewed inthe system as well
    36. 36. “Rate Your Coach” EvaluationsView All Results:Historical resultscan be exported toa spreadsheet formanagement.View IndividualResults:Results can be usedto follow-up withcoach complaintsor to rewardcoaches for greatservice.View Categories:You and coacheswill be able to seethe areas wherethey need toimprove theircoaching.
    37. 37. Our Vision for Every Community Certified Youth Sports Administrator Trained League Administrators and/or Professional StaffScreened, Trained, Evaluated Coaches/Volunteers held Accountable for their actions Knowledgeable Parents Working Together for the KIDS
    38. 38. www.nays.org John Engh Kate Dilworthjengh@nays.org kdilworth@nays.org