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Youth Sports Quality Institute’s Blog: Primary Reasons Why Kids Drop-out of Community Sports Programs

Just completed the below article on the most significant reasons why kids quit playing sports and what leaders of youth sports programs can do to reduce drop-outs and attract more players!

Background

Many adults who are actively involved in youth sports have heard the concerns expressed by youth sports organizations and other advocates about the current state of parent-operated youth sports leagues in US communities1. Most advocates share the belief that the serious deficiencies in these programs [1] are primarily a result of being organized and managed to fulfill the desires and ideals of the involved adults (i.e., winning games, elite player focus, etc.) instead of the needs and motives of most kids and [2] are the main reasons why far too many kids stop playing organized team sports at an early age.

“Every year more and more children are dropping out of sports – not because they don’t like to play – but because the system is failing them.”2

Youth Sports Quality Institute’s Blog.

Inside Youth Sports: Give Your Players an Ownership Stake in Their Team

You can increase your players’ commitment to the team by providing each of them with an ownership stake. Ownership generates responsibility—a desirable trait to instill in any child. Ownership requires that the owner has some control over the item owned. Are you providing your players with an opportunity to take ownership?

One way to give players a sense of ownership is to provide opportunities for them to lead. This is easiest with your older, more skilled players. These players can lead their team through their performance. In addition, you should also encourage these individuals to see themselves as mentors to the beginners and less-skilled players. Ask them to represent you on the court or field of play, helping other players as required. Hopefully, they will reflect your style and provide constructive comments and guidance. By giving certain players leadership responsibility, you provide them with a strong vested interest in the team and its success.

Another way to increase your players’ sense of ownership is to involve them in some of your coaching decisions and responsibilities. For example, at the beginning of a game, you might ask players on the bench to determine the opposing team’s defense. Sometimes they may know players on the other team, and understand the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses better than you. Regularly ask your players their opinion on game situations and matchups. This approach helps keep everyone involved in the game, while also sending a message to your players that their input helps define your coaching strategies and tactics.

via Inside Youth Sports: Give Your Players an Ownership Stake in Their Team.

PacificXPOSURE, a Premier National Lacrosse Tournament and Southern California Destination Event Coming to North County, San Diego

SAN DIEGO – (Business Wire) San Diego’s Summit Performance Group (SPG), a leading provider of conference planning, incentive travel, sports hospitality and event technology solutions has announced the launch of PacificXPOSURE, a premier national lacrosse tournament and Southern California sports destination event, according to Doug Wheeler, co-principal of SPG.

The first-ever “all-inclusive” Southern California Lacrosse Tournament, PacificXPOSURE will be held in north San Diego County June 25-27, 2010. The destination tournament will provide a clean, safe, fun and competitive environment for all age level of lacrosse players, family, and friends.

“San Diego offers the ideal climate for this premier event with outstanding athletic facilities, perfect weather, a wealth of world-famous attractions and accommodations, and the ultimate Southern California destination experience,” Wheeler said. “PacificXPOSURE offers an ideal opportunity for friends and families to celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of summer by enjoying San Diego’s perfect climate by participating in this premier destination lacrosse tournament while vacationing on the world-famous Southern California Riviera.”

Nike, STX, Inside Lacrosse, HoganLax, PacLax, Active and the San Diego North County Convention & Visitors Bureau will be among some of the wide array of sponsors and supporters. In addition, proceeds will go to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Tournament Directors will include Summit Performance Group (San Diego), Dennis Yeatman, owner of PacLax (San Diego) and Matt Hogan, owner of HoganLAX (Annapolis, MD).

The tournament is open to boys and girls and men and women Open Division lacrosse players from across the country and Canada. Attendees will come from as far as California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Canada and the East Coast. Divisions will be separated by age level including elementary and middle school youth U-11, U-13, U-15 groups, high school and club boys and girls teams, and Open Division Men’s and Women’s play (high school graduates and above).

According to Wheeler, the PacificXPOSURE Vendor Village at Del Norte High School in 4S Ranch in Northern San Diego will showcase a myriad of youth and adult services, lacrosse and sports products, food & beverages and entertainment, with additional exhibits and showcases at other tournament locations including Rancho Bernardo High School. In addition, the event will showcase an exclusive boys and girls Combine on Friday, June 25, coaches’ chats, parent/child lacrosse meetings and evening events.

Sponsorship and vendor/exhibitor opportunities are available now, for companies, organizations and individuals involved in marketing youth and young adult lacrosse, sports, lifestyle, apparel, food and beverages and other related services and products.

“Our simple goal in any sponsorship is to develop a partnership with each company or organization to ensure new brand awareness, existing brand reinforcement, product promotion or simply showing the community your support for youth sports,” Wheeler said.

For more information on the PacificXPOSURE Tournament, please visit our website at www.pacificxposure.com or contact us at 800-734-0161. Follow PacificXPOSURE on Twitter @PacificXposure, and Fan us on Facebook @ PacificXPOSURE.

Daily Herald | Youth sports leagues find fewer suburban kids are signing up to play

By Kim Mikus

Suburban youth baseball and softball coaches can expect to find fewer players on the ball fields this summer, according to many league directors.

And while the finger can be pointed at everything from the recession to competition from other sports, experts increasingly are blaming children’s habitual video game playing as a key reason why droves are ignoring America’s No. 1 pastime.

And the better children get at video games and more used to the fast-paced action they get, the less likely they’ll give them up to play the real game, experts say.

“Instead of going out to play sandlot baseball, kids today are content to sit in front of a computer to play a video game,” said Rich Honack, a professor at Kellogg School of Management.

via Daily Herald | Youth sports leagues find fewer suburban kids are signing up to play.

Nate Evans joins Winchester Sachems’ Youth Lacrosse coaching staff – Winchester, MA – The Winchester Star

Nate Evans joins Winchester Sachems’ Youth Lacrosse coaching staff – Winchester, MA – The Winchester Star

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Gait Lacrosse, Trilogy Announce Partnership

Gait Lacrosse, a leading manufacturer of lacrosse gear and equipment, today announced its sponsorship of Trilogy Lacrosse, The Leader in Lacrosse Educ

via Gait Lacrosse, Trilogy Announce Partnership.

Has Md. lost its grip on lacrosse? :: baltimoresun.com

By Edward Lee | edward.lee@baltsun.com

February 12, 2010

The road to the national championship goes through Syracuse. And C.W. Post. And SUNY Cortland. And Onondaga Community College.

Last year, the aforementioned New York schools captured the Division I, Division II, Division III and National Junior College Athletic Association titles, respectively.

So, has the Empire State replaced Maryland as the pre-eminent lacrosse hotbed?

One former player turned analyst doesn’t see it as a trend, but as a continuation of what has always been.

“When was Maryland the dominant power?” asked ESPN analyst Quint Kessenich, a former Johns Hopkins All-America goalkeeper and a native of Lynbrook, N.Y. “I don’t know if anything shifted. Syracuse and Cornell have always had dominant programs.”

Slow down, cautioned Towson coach Tony Seaman.

“I don’t think that’s true at all,” he said. “[Last year’s] Division I championship was a great game between Syracuse and Cornell, and it just worked out that those two were there. The years before that, it’s been Hopkins or Virginia. … As long as Syracuse is in the North and Cornell is in the North, they’re going to be well-represented. And as long as Hopkins and Virginia and Carolina are in the South, we’re going to be well-represented.”

The numbers, however, seem to support Kessenich’s stance…

via Has Md. lost its grip on lacrosse? – baltimoresun.com.