The 2005 Youth Sports National Report Card was a wake-up call for Americans concerned about youth sports. Experts brought together by the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance (CTSA) created the report card and graded youth sports nationwide in the following areas:
- Child-centered philosophy
- Health & Safety
- Parental Behavior & Involvement
The grades were disappointing. Only one area received so much as a B minus. Two areas received Ds.
Coaching received a C- grade!
The grade point average for our nation’s youth sports is unacceptable. High marks are expected in school; why not on the playing field?
We can do better and you can help!
- If you are a parent, how does your child’s sport program stack up?
- If you are concerned about youth sports, how do the programs in your town stack up?
How would you grade your town’s programs?
- Are they too focused on winning?
- Are parents causing problems?
- Are coaches meeting expectations?
- Are children benefiting from their experiences?
- Download a report card and grade your town’s programs! Go to the National Association for Sport & Physical Education and click on the appropriate report card (national, for parents, for youth sport leaders).
- Parents –You give the grades for your child’s program.
- Coaches, officials, and administrators — You give the grades for programs in your town.
- Compare your grades with the national grades in the 2005 Youth Sports National Report Card.
- Start a conversation with leaders of youth sport organizations, local politicians and your friends and neighbors about areas to improve.
For more information, go to the CTSA website.