Victoria, B.C. – The highly anticipated Physical Literacy Assessment for Youth (PLAY) tools were officially launched yesterday at the International Physical Literacy Conference (IPLC 2013). The PLAY tools, designed for coaches, exercise professionals, physiotherapists, athletic therapists, recreational leaders, parents and children, make it possible to determine individuals’ physical literacy levels in much the same way as literacy or numeracy levels. “This is a very exciting new development for people to understand the importance of learning a wide vocabulary of movements, allowing children to be active for life and establish their foundation for excellence,” says Richard Way, National Lead of Canadian Sport for Life.
Focus on winning can lead to a drop in participation, sedentary lifestyle, contends LTAD
A group that promotes removing scoreboards in children's sports says removing the focus on winning keeps players engaged in the sport longer.
Richard Way, the project lead for Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) with Canadian Sport for Life, says keeping scores and standings for young children does nothing to build self-esteem and positive sportsmanship.
"When we have a little eight, nine-year-old that wants to be creative and take some risks in a game, they're yelled at by parents to pass the ball because it might be a goal against the team and then drop them in the standings," he said.
The Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) National Summit was held in Gatineau, QC at the end of January, 2013, where CPRA representatives played an active role. CPRA co-hosted a pre- summit full day workshop entitled“CS4L Community Connections”. Philip Hochman, CPRA Board Member representing Nova Scotia, worked with CS4L organizers to co- host and run this workshop which had over 60 participants attend.
The next day, Mr. Hochman then participated in a panel discussion on the release of the CPRA/CS4L “Building Enhanced Collaboration in Recreation and Sport”. Mr. Hochman and sector colleagues spoke to the release of the paper which outlines the broad roles of municipal recreation, the roles that it can play in supporting sport along with key themes coming out of the pre- summit workshop.