Category Archives: Sport

Posts related to engagement in youth sport.

Mom, I don’t want to become a pro, chill.

Bess T I want to talk about my experience with parents who believe their child is going to become a professional athlete.  This is something that I experienced as a child; I experience it now as a coach; and I … Continue reading

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Tough It Out Kiddo

by Darrion S. It is no secret there are numerous benefits associated with sports. Although there may be negative consequences picked up from years of sport, such is life where good will inherently parallel bad to an extent. Throughout nine … Continue reading

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Views from the sandbar: An Islander’s perspective on the power of positive influences

by Alex W. I have personally been a massive fan of both organized recreational sport and professional sport for as long as I can remember. I am fortunate to have been raised in a household that could afford to register … Continue reading

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Parental Involvement in Sports

By Johanna R. When observing youth in sport, one may notice parents sitting on the sidelines cheering only when a participant scores a goal. One may also observe another adult yelling furiously at a participant, referee, or coach from the … Continue reading

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Recreation, Sport and Leisure: Helping Vulnerable Youth

By M. Thomas Youth are all vulnerable. To some extent vulnerability comes from the inexperience of life, however; looking closer at the vulnerable youth population, we see financially insecure families, special needs children and medical situations which create adversity in … Continue reading

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Female Youth Participation in Recreation, Sport, and Leisure Activities

By Kirstin D Girls are less likely to participate in sport/recreation/leisure (SRL) activities than boys. Why are girls not participating and how is it affecting their development? Throughout history females have been pushing to have equal opportunities in SRL as … Continue reading

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Body Checking in Minor Hockey

By Michael M. In 2013, Hockey Alberta announced the elimination of “body checking” in the Pee Wee division beginning in the 2013-2014 hockey season (www.hockeyalberta.ca). The move came after the board of directors had established a Body Checking Review Committee … Continue reading

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