We can count on our friends at the Aspen Institute for industry leading research on youth sports. Additionally, they are at the spearhead of Project Play 2020, a multiyear effort to grow youth sport participation, with partners such as NBC, MLB, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Amazon, The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, NBA, ESPN, NHL and more.  But their latest data is concerning.  While there are millions of well-intentioned youth sport coaches in our country (and we solute each and every one of them), most need better training.

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The graphic above, from the Aspen Institute State of Play 2018 Report shows a real lack of safety training, skills training and training in motivational techniques……but the part that scares me the most is the absence of coaches with any education/teaching expertise. Without an understanding of how kids learn and develop, how can a coach be successful? To read the full report, click here.

For more information about affordable and effective training, check out programs from the National Alliance for Youth Sports or Positive Coaching Alliance.

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