Youth Sports TED Talk Roundup

Youth Sports TED Talk Roundup


Ideas worth spreading. That's the tagline of TED, an organization that spreads those ideas through videos of short, powerful talks. It started with a focus on Technology, Entertainment and Design but now the talks span all topic areas, including youth sports.

Just a few months ago, a staff member from a NAYS Member Organization, Buffalo Grove Park District (Ill.), presented "Sucking the fun out of youth sports" at a local, independent TEDx event in his community. He shares stories about his sports experiences, including one where he confronts a coach who is out of line.

Over the years several speakers have shared youth sports related talks at TEDx events. Below is a roundup of some of them. Parents, coaches, league directors and others with an interest in youth sports may find these videos to be insightful, inspiring and eye-opening.

Does a particular message from any of these videos resonate with you? Please share it in the comment section.

[Photo by Juliana Rotich on Flickr [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons]

In order by date

Sucking the fun out of youth sports | Mike Terson | TEDxVernonAreaLibrary (17:31) Dec 12, 2017

Youth in Sport - Keeping Kids in The Game | Hugh McDonald | TEDxLangleyED (11:24) Mar 11, 2016

Youth Sports: The Fast Lane To Retirement | Steve Locker | TEDxColumbus (14:34) Dec 8, 2015

Change the reward. Change the game. | Will Cromack | TEDxKelowna (16:54) Dec 2, 2015

Echoes beyond the game: the lasting power of a coach's words | Coach Reed | TEDxCincinnati (8:07) Sep 8, 2015

How to Raise an Olympian | Roz & Ashton Eaton | TEDxBend (18:11) May 26, 2015

The real importance of sports | Sean Adams | TEDxACU (8:21) May 11, 2015

Youth coaching -- More than a game | Anna-Lesa Calvert | TEDxBuffalo (12:49) Jan 5, 2015

The coaches’ role in creating sport talent | William Price | TEDxISKL (18:22) Nov 11, 2014

Rethinking youth sports | Matt Roth, MD | TEDxToledo (17:08) Oct 21, 2014

Changing the game in youth sports | John O'Sullivan | TEDxBend (14:00) Jun 20, 2014

That's why they call it play - the joy of sports | John Wilson | TEDxCharleston (10:17) May 15, 2014

Youth sports as a development zone | Jim Thompson | TEDxFargo (14:20) Sep 5, 2013

TEDx Coaching Fun Olympian

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