What is the Right Age to Start Your Child in Sport?

What is the Right Age to Start Your Child in Sport? You’ve got a young child with energy to burn. They’re running in circles, using your couch like a trampoline, and begging to go outside. So, you might be thinking it’s time to get them into sports. But is this the right age? The short answer is kids are never …

5 Ways to Encourage Kids Love of Sport

5 Ways to Encourage Kids Love of Sport Playing sports is a great way to keep kids active, learn how to work as a team, and practice discipline. Some kids take to it easily – they ask to sign up for multiple sports, run out of the house when it’s time for practice, and start making friends immediately. Others are …

Helping Your Child Understand Teamwork

Helping Your Child Understand Teamwork If your child is playing a team sport, they are working on developing an important life skill: working together as a team. Teamwork skills include listening, leading, communicating, problem solving, and collaborating. Here are some ways you can help your child learn to work well with their team. Working through team dynamics Sports teams are …

Get SafeSport® Trained. End Abuse in Sport.

Get SafeSport® Trained. End Abuse in Sport. We all want to feel safe. This is especially true in sport environments, where athletes at every level should be empowered to learn, grow, thrive, and reap the full benefits of sport participation. The U.S. Center for SafeSport puts athlete well-being first by providing powerful resources so everyone can learn to prevent, recognize, …

Resources to Help Prevent Abuse and Misconduct in Sport

Resources to Help Prevent Abuse and Misconduct in Sport Headlines covering abuse and misconduct in sport can seem too big, too daunting. Where do we turn for answers? How do we become part of the solution? The U.S. Center for SafeSport can help. The Center was established to develop accountability through national SafeSport® policies and abuse prevention education on emotional, …

Sport Should Be a Safe Place for Everyone. You Can Help.

Sport Should Be a Safe Place for Everyone. You Can Help. At its essence, sport is a place where we can go to learn, grow, and thrive, both physically and emotionally. And no matter the ages of the participants or the level of competition, that place should be safe and free of abuse and other misconduct that can rob us …

Learn How to Prevent Emotional & Physical Abuse and Misconduct in Sport

Learn How to Prevent Emotional & Physical Abuse and Misconduct in Sport Building healthy relationships and modeling positive behavior set the tone for an abuse-free sport environment. Societal issues such as physical and emotional abuse are bad enough. They’re especially troubling when they find their way into spaces assumed to be safe—like school or sport—where kids learn, play, and grow. …

U.S. Center for SafeSport Summer Safety Checklist

U.S. Center for SafeSport Summer Safety Checklist Eight Questions to Ask Before Your Child Starts a Summer Program Whether your child is attending summer camp or a sports league, the answers to these questions can help you evaluate a program’s preparedness to prevent and respond to abuse and misconduct. Answers to these questions may be found in policies posted online …

Recognizing Abuse and Misconduct Is the First Step in Addressing It

Recognizing Abuse and Misconduct Is the First Step in Addressing It Athletes deserve abuse-free environments. U.S. Center for SafeSport resources help coaches, administrators, volunteers, and others know how to spot harmful behavior. We participate in sport for reasons as individual as each athlete. Families sign up their children for youth leagues to have fun and learn the values of teamwork …

Emotional and Physical Abuse in Sport: Our Resources are Part of the Solution

Emotional and Physical Abuse in Sport: Our resources are part of the solution From pee-wee leagues to the most competitive levels of athletics, sport feeds a critical need in us: to play, to compete, to learn, and to grow. We all know the benefits of sport. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says youth physical activity can have lifelong …