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Kid-Focused, Coach-Driven: What Training Is Needed?

March 27, 2014  • Institute Contributor

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There are more than 6.5 million youth spo rts coaches in the U.S . , according to original data developed for the Aspen Institute’ s Project Play by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association . Of these coaches of children ages 14 and under , fewer than 30 percent have received training in sport – specific skills and only 19 percent in effective motivational techniques. This is of particular concern given that a primary reason kids drop out of sports is be cause of a bad experience. Once kids leave sports, it’ s difficult to get them back. They may well miss out on the benefits of sports and physical activity for the rest of their lives.