Specialized Movement Skills • Specialized movement skills = task specific • FMS are not task specific • Proficiency barrier
Stages of the Specialized Movement Phase • Transition Stage (7-10 year olds) • First attempts to refine/combine mature movement patterns • Accuracy and skill in lead-up activities • Skill and proficiency are still limited
Application Stage (11-13 years olds) • Aware of personal physical assets and limitations • Individual focuses on certain types of sports • Practice, practice, practice
Lifelong Utilization Stage (14 and up) • Selects a few activities to regularly participate in • Fine tuning stage
Youth Sports • Activities taking place outside of school day • Youth sports involvement has increased • Y.S. are controversial in many aspects • WHY?
Youth Sports • Youth Sport participation is exclusionary • How?
Coaching Education • Developmental progressions related to specific sport • Certified in First Aid and CPR • Volunteer Coaches • Appropriate role models • Background consists of playing particular sport, but not teaching of particular sport • Little formal preparation required • “Coaching Code of Ethics” ( NAYS)
Parental Education • Parents Association for Youth Sports (from website) • Stops negative parent behaviors before they happen • Educates parents on their roles and responsibilities • Enhances parent/league relationships • Holds parents who are PAYS members accountable for their actions to a Parents' Code of Ethics
Over possessive parents • Violent incidents at Youth Sport events • Over scheduling of children
Drop outs/ Burn outs in YSP • Reasons?
Programs • http://ed-web3.educ.msu.edu/ysi/ • National Alliance for Youth Sport – “Smart Start”