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11-14-2007, 06:42 PM
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MikeD
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1) Have you ever participated in organized, competitive youth sports?
Yes

2) For how many years did you participate?
15


3) Do you believe that youth sports are being increasingly professionalized in their approach to the games? (emphasis on winning, as would be the case on a professional team, as opposed to fun and development. Hiring specialized coaches, etc.)

No



4) Do you think that adults, on average, take youth sports too seriously?
Yes





5) Please rank the following items 1st through 4th, according to what you believe to be their importance in youth sports (1st being the most important, 4th being the least.)
1 Developing teamwork skills
2 Having fun
3 Learning skills/techniques
4 Winning/succeeding



6) Have you ever witnessed or personally experienced what you would consider excessive pressure to succeed in athletics from any of the following sources? (check all that apply)

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Experienced
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Parents/spectators X
Coaches
Teammates X

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Witnessed
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Parents/spectators X
Coaches X
Teammates X



7) Please rank the following groups 1st through 5th, according to the amount of pressure you believe they place on young athletes (1 being the greatest source of pressure, 5 being the least)

1 The athlete’s parents
2 Teammates
3 Coaches/Managers
4 The Media (idolizing/glamorizing of pro athletes)
5 Other athletes’ parents

* The athlete themselves would be ahead of media
Other parents would be ZERO




8) Do you believe that parents and coaches should have to sign personal conduct contracts that prevent them from heckling or berating the athletes during games and practices?
Yes

* most associations do require parents to sign a code of conduct contract when their child signs with the hockey team. Many will not sign a player whos parents have not signed COC documents.




9) Some sports leagues do not keep score in an attempt to create more focus on developing skills and having fun and less pressure to succeed. Do you believe that this is an effective approach?
No

* From personal experience as a program coordinator and head coach of a YMCA/Buffalo Sabres Hockey program, we may not have kept a score but hte kids ALWAYS knew the final tally.




10) Do you believe that youths who otherwise enjoy participating in sports may quit mostly because of the pressure put on them to succeed in their chosen sport?

No

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