The Decline of Free Play: TED Talk with Peter Gray

Ian Goldberg is a sports dad, coach and the Founder of iSport360.  His SportsTech company is helping 80,000 youth sport coaches, parents and kids set goals, share player feedback, foster healthy team communication and engage parents in a positive way….all so our kids can have more success, more confidence and more fun.  Try iSport360 for free here.

Thanks to my friend James Leath at Changing the Game Project  for sharing this video.  There’s no doubt that today’s youth sports programs help to keep kids active and healthy, but researcher Peter Gray eloquently points out why kids also need “free play” environments where they can explore, self-govern and resolve conflict, socialize and excel without the direction of adults.  In fact, he explains how we can help reduce depression and anxiety among our children by encouraging more free play.  So let’s put kids in the driver seat and give them the chance to chart their own course in sports.

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