Fair Play: Making Organized Sports a Great Experience for Your Kids

Fair Play: Making Organized Sports a Great Experience for Your Kids

by Scott B. Lancaster


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Fair Play: Making Organized Sports a Great Experience for Your Kids by Scott B. Lancaster

From hypercompetitiveness to pressure to fear of violence to sheer boredom, our kids have good reasons to quit youth sports -- and today they're quitting in record numbers. Fortunately, there is a proven solution to this growing problem. It's called Fair Play.

For more than seven years, the Fair Play model has been integral to the NFL's Youth Development program, used in dozens of communities. And it has dramatically changed the way youth sports are taught and played across the country. Fair Play gives parents and coaches a blueprint for youth sports where everybody plays and nobody quits. Its revolutionary principles * eliminate the scoreboard * get coaches off the sidelines * play boys and girls together * revoke the draft * and incorporate other changes to make sports a healthier, more positive experience that builds young athletes up instead of beating them down. It's an important philosophy, an effective set of techniques, and a new (or sometimes, old) way of playing the game, based on a single guiding principle: It's for the kids.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756784195
Publisher: DIANE Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/28/2004
Pages: 194

Table of Contents

Foreword: On Fair Playxi
Prologue: Starting Over1
1Unleash the Revolution: The Time for Change and Action in Youth Sports17
2Regaining the Road: Sports and the Journey Through Childhood29
3Blueprint for Change: The NFL Junior Player Development Model49
4Sports are for Kids: Eliminating Negative Coaching and Poor Parental Behavior73
5Everybody Plays: Produce a Democratic Experience and Eliminate Prejudgments95
6Keeping a Child's Interest: Proven Ways to Maintain Youth Involvement in Sports109
7Making Strides: Guaranteed Improvement for All--from Beginners to "Naturals"127
8Women Wanted: Making the Leap from the Stands to the Sidelines139
9What Your Daughter Needs: Experts Discuss the Facts on Girls in Sports153
10Skills for Life: Teaching Important Lessons Beyond the Playing Field169
Epilogue: Head Start: A Vision for the Future183

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