As the 100,000 Canadian Sport for Life Champions campaign continues we are looking at new ways to inspire individuals to take action in their community. At this year's CS4L National Summit we will be launching the CS4L Messenger Program. The Messenger Program involves Champions, such as yourself, presenting to individuals, organizations or groups in your community about Canadian Sport for Life.
At the Summit we will be hosting Messenger Training sessions, which will provide you with all the tools, tips and tricks on how to deliver effective presentations on CS4L and physical literacy.
What could be worse than being an overweight or obese child? Or a child that doesn’t know how to fail? Or how to stick with a difficult task? Or a child who grows up in a fishbowl, cushioned in bubble-wrap and terrified of failure while expecting everything to be delivered on a silver platter?
This is the modern day child. We have successfully engineered a child that is unable to take risks, lacks imagination, lacks resilience and has an artificially inflated sense of self worth (Dweck C, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Random House, 2006). This does not bode well for the future health of Canadians or for its athletes aiming to compete abroad.
In “Specialization is a Tricky Business”, I briefly discussed how sports were categorized as early or late specialization sports, and I talked a little about some of the risks associated with premature specialization in late specialization sports.
I want to talk briefly here about the further distinctions that can be made within late specialization sports (Balyi, 2011).
At present, we further categorize late specialization sports as follows:
Late specialization – Early Engagement – Kinesthetic
I was recently invited to provide comments on a discussion paper with proposals for a new Canadian Sport Policy (CSP). As someone immersed in the values and vision of CS4L, I am very concerned about what I have read.
With confusing and often vague language, the discussion paper fails, in my view, to clearly articulate a unifying, encompassing vision for quality sport in Canada. It also fails to leverage key initiatives occurring presently in Canadian sport, including but not exclusive to CS4L.
The implementation of CS4L and LTAD is not without its naysayers. The question is whether or not the naysayers are actually getting their facts straight.
Brian Lilley, columnist and blogger for the Sun newspaper chain, has written a blog post that attacks LTAD and CS4L concepts around competition in the ranks of children’s sport. Mr. Lilley makes a number of inaccurate statements that have stirred readers, most notably that LTAD “attempts to make sure there is next to no competition for children under 12”.
The “one size fits all” concept may work for winter toques and bathrobes; it does not work when it comes to designing a training program for our young female athletes. Although training programs for young boys and girls are largely similar, there are some unique differences that must be recognized.
It’s an important issue because female athletes experience some types of injury at a higher rate compared to male athletes. We think many of these injuries can be prevented through wise training programs that are supported by a healthy nutritional intake.
Plus de vingt millions de dollars en équipement technologique de toutes sortes, neuf caméras situées stratégiquement autour du stade (une de plus qu’une partie régulière des ligues majeures), deux caméras suspendues, douze micros afin de capturer tous les moindre sons, deux analystes de parties régulières des ligues majeures, deux reporters sur le terrain, plusieurs appareils sans fil, 60,000 pieds de câbles, quatre véhicules techniques de 53 pieds de long chacun et 85 moniteurs afin de proposer le jeu et les reprises sous tous les angles possibles. Bienvenue à Williamsport en Pennsylvanie, site de la série mondiale des petites ligues.
A chaque mois d’août, cette compétition regroupe des équipes provenant de partout à travers le monde afin de déterminer qui pourra passer l’hiver à prétendre être la meilleure équipe au monde dans la catégorie des 13 ans et moins. La chaîne sportive ESPN présente plus de 30 parties de cet événement alors que plusieurs autres chaînes sportives spécialisées reprennent ces images pour la retransmission ou pour les bulletins de nouvelles de fin de soirée. C’est à se demander si cette compétition sert la cause des jeunes sportifs et si le sport en général n’est pas aux prises avec le même malaise. Quel est vraiment l’intérêt de présenter une telle compétition à la télévision ?
When a coach designs a training, competition, and recovery program for an athlete, the age of the athlete must be taken into consideration. However, along with chronological age, other factors must be taken into consideration as well. This cannot simply be done by checking the athlete’s date of birth.
Obviously athletes with the same chronological age but differing developmental age need different fitness and skill programs. As well, coaches need to consider mental, cognitive and emotional development in planning and programming. Too often, programs are based on chronological age and disregard developmental age (early, average and late maturers).