Sport for All - Children in American Sport
大眾體育 - 美國的少兒體育
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in English; abstract also in Chinese.
Youth sport has much to offer children and society when it is organized and conducted in the best interest or children. While more than 20 million children are involved in youth sport through sport agencies and local service organizations in the United States, educators, physicians, and psychologists have been hesitant to encourage competitive opportunities for children younger than 12. This article addresses youth sport reviewing the purpose of organized, formal sport opportunities for young children, problems associated with young children's sport as it is promoted by parents and interested laypersons, and potential modifications in sport for youth age 5-12 provided by community sponsored organizations. Studies in youth sport indicates that the handling of early sport participation by parents and coaches, rather than the participation experience itself, determines the outcome of organized youth sport experiences.
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