Resources

Parents

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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Calls for Coaches

Coaching kids goes beyond simply winning games - it’s also critical to develop each athlete. As a coach, if you are able to focus on the social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs of the whole child, you can help youth athletes feel safe and supported, and foster important traits such as responsibility and perseverance, and guide them in building an emotional foundation for success. VIEW RESOURCE
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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
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Project Play Playbook

Drawing from insights from over 300 thought leaders, this report dives into eight strategies on how to help children through age 12 become active and stay active through sports. Learn more

Youth Sports Organizations

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Playworks

Playworks helps kids stay active while they build valuable social and emotional skills through play. Learn how you can create more opportunities for play in your youth programs or local school. LEARN MORE
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State of Play SEMI Report

To better understand the state of youth sports in our communities, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation commissioned three regional studies by the Aspen Institute’s Sports and Society Program. Out of that research, Project Play was born. Read the report
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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
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State of Play Video

The research that came out of State of Play was eye-opening. It gave us tremendous insight into how we can shift the state of youth sports in Western New York and Southeast Michigan and help shape the futures of our children and our communities. Watch the video: Watch the video
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Project Play Playbook

Drawing from insights from over 300 thought leaders, this report dives into eight strategies on how to help children through age 12 become active and stay active through sports. Learn more