We know you want the best for your kid. And getting your child engaged in sports at an early age is a great way to develop the necessary social and emotional skills to support not only their success in school and life, but also build confidence and lifelong healthy habits.

Project Play: Southeast Michigan is working collectively across all of our communities to help improve the access and quality of youth sports for all children. We hope the following resources and events can help to guide you on a path toward the opportunities and information you need to get and keep your child playing!


Parent Checklist

Trying to figure out what youth sports program is a good fit for your child can be confusing and frustrating at times. The following checklists provide 10 simple questions that you should ask based on your child’s age and activity level with sports.

Watch the video that’s most relevant for you and your child, view the checklists to assess your child’s sports experience and find resources you need to build an athlete for life.

- Kids Ages 0-5 Playing Sports
- Kids Ages 6-12 Playing Sports
- Kids Ages 6-12 Not Playing Sports LEARN MORE

How to Coach Kids

Whether you are new to coaching or someone who’s been at it for years, this FREE, 30-minute interactive online training course will help you to:

• coach kids so they love playing;
• plan a great practice;
• keep kids safe;
• use strategies to help kids learn;
• and work with parents and get the most out of game day

Co-created by Nike and the U.S. Olympic Committee, with the support of the Aspen Institute, How to Coach Kids also offers a complete resource center, with sport-specific tips and tools for coaching kids. TAKE A COURSE

SportPort – Equipment Sharing for All

Access to new and different sports equipment can be a barrier for many children. That’s why Project Play: Southeast Michigan has partnered with a number of community organizations and local YMCAs to roll out SportPort – a new equipment sharing pilot program that will provide kids with free and accessible sports equipment. LEARN MORE

The Healthy Sport Index

If you are a parent of a high school-aged child, the Healthy Sport Index can provide you with the best data and expert analysis to identify the benefits and risks of participating in the 10 most popular high school sports for boys and girls. Developed by the Aspen Institute, in partnership with medical experts and researchers, explore this web-based resource to help you and your child choose the most appropriate sports based on both the health benefits and athletic skill development you are seeking. LEARN MORE

Good Sports

Is your child’s school team or youth sports program in need of equipment? Good Sports is a nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of new sporting equipment, footwear and apparel to youth organizations, local teams and schools based on true need. To learn more about Good Sports criteria for equipment donations, visit their website today. LEARN MORE

Coaches Training Clinics

Parents, staff and volunteers: we know you want to give the best for your youth. As a coach, you are the delivery mechanism for quality sport programming. Trained coaches do it best.

Project Play: Southeast Michigan is working with our partners at the Michigan State University Institute for the Study of Youth Sports (ISYS) to develop Coaches Training Clinics—focusing on the positive youth development characteristics of coaching. Topics covered will include strategies for motivating kids, emphasizing prevention and safety, working with parents, and building confidence and self-esteem.

More details coming this fall!

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We want to hear from you. Email us at [email protected] or call us at 313-961-6675.

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