Youth Sports Program's Role in Developing Physical Literacy

Youth Sports Program's Role in Developing Physical Literacy


With physical education classes in schools on the decline in many parts of the country, youth sports programs can take on even more prominent roles in being a conduit for fundamental movement and motor skill development in children.

And play all-important roles in helping foster a lifetime love of physical activity. 

At the upcoming Virtual Youth Sports Congress on Nov. 4-6, conducted by the National Alliance for Youth Sports, Dr. Rick Howard and Dr. Tony Moreno will share valuable insights during their session entitled Youth Sports Program's Role in Developing Physical Literacy.

They will share their approach that encourages programs to develop physical literacy skills to set young athletes up with the motor skills necessary to be successful in any sports for their lifetime. They will also cover the importance of athletes playing multiple positions, how long seasons should run, the value of coaches incorporating other sports into their practice sessions, and more, to help set kids up for leading active and healthy lives.

Dr. Howard is an Assistant Professor in Applied Sports Science at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He trains youth in fitness and sports performance; he brings local groups together to learn, share and develop action and accountability plans for cradle-to-grave implementation of Long-Term Athletic Development (LTAD); and he contributes articles regularly on LTAD and the application of concepts of pediatric exercise science for coaches, personal trainers, physical education teachers, and those who wish to improve the lives of young people.

Dr. Moreno is a professor of kinesiology at Eastern Michigan University. He has presented regionally, nationally and internationally in the areas of ACL injury prevention, adapted physical activity, and physical training. His areas of interest are in youth sport and physical activity, particularly with regard to motor skill acquisition, injury prevention, performance enhancement, and the role of motor ability on athlete development and fitness throughout the lifespan. He also consults with the Michigan High School Athletic Association to help create and disseminate materials for high school and youth club coaches throughout the state in the areas of sport medicine, performance enhancement, and athlete development.

Their session is part of three outstanding days of Congress sessions to help keep you ahead of the curve during these challenging times where professional development is more important than ever. Plus, it’s the perfect time to maintain or earn your Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) credential, which more than 4,000 recreation professionals have done.  

Among the sessions on tap are:

Specialization and Player Safety

Preventing Bullying with Evidence-Based Practices for Athlete Health and Safety

Allocating Facilities - How to Balance Requests Using Data, Structured Policies and Guideline

Inclusion Isn’t Scary! Everyone has the Right to Play!

Regaining Equilibrium – Time & Stress Management for Leaders  

Relationships are EVERYTHING!

Toughening Athletes Up for a Tough World or Harming Their Brains?

Purpose Based Recognition: Recognizing, Rewarding, and Retaining

Gender Equity in Youth Sport

And more!

Plus, there will be roundtable discussions on other important issues, providing attendees with opportunities to learn and share information with their peers.

The Virtual Youth Sports Congress is open to anyone with an interest in providing top-quality youth sports programming for today’s youth.

Don’t delay, register today!

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