Parents are critical to the success of Sport4All programs. Sport4All is at the forefront in applying the latest research from the pediatric sport sciences. In addition we draw from the best of play, learning and child development literature. As a result, Sport4All is a play-based, non-league program in which we attempt to make the experience as playful and joyful as possible.
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Why choose Sport4All as your child's sport program?
For decades both the popular press and pediatric sport scientists have been calling for dramatic changes in the youth sport opportunities offered to children. Existing programs have been too competitive and too stressful because they are designed according to how high school, college, and professional athletes play sports.
Experts have pleaded for programs that are child-centered, developmentally appropriate, and most of all fun; and to eliminate programs that implicitly and explicitly categorize young children and teams into winners and losers.
Guidelines published by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE); the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that developmentally appropriate youth sport programs be developed.
Since 1990 the Sport4All program has evolved into a program that is entirely child-centered and applies research being conducted in the areas of play, child development and youth sport.
Sport4All programs combine age-appropriate, non-competitive, play-based, family-oriented activities that are fun and enhance the child’s overall well-being.
Volunteer coaches run the practices and are chosen to be role models for parent/child interactions that are playful, enhance the self-esteem of the players, and encourage optimal learning of sport skills and sportsmanship.
We hope you will take some time to read the articles included in the drop-down menu under the "Parent Information" tab. Click, read and learn more!
Sport4All...Starting Kids Out Right! Tel: 301-325-9166