When you become a parent, your favorite athlete becomes the child that you’re raising. Yet navigating youth sports can be confusing and frustrating.
Parents and caregivers often don’t know what questions to ask of themselves, their child and their sports provider to make sports a great experience.
The Project Play Parent Checklists provide 10 simple questions that parents should ask depending on the child’s age and activity level with sports. Along with accompanying videos and resources, the Project Play Parent Checklists offer a valuable tool – knowledge for parents to feel empowered to ask the right questions as their child’s biggest fan.
The concepts largely come from the Aspen Institute’s seminal report, Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game, which developed its framework from 300+ thought leaders. Additional experts and resources were consulted in developing the checklists: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, Michigan State University’s Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, USA Hockey, U.S. Lacrosse, University of Minnesota, Playworks, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, SHAPE America, and Whole Child Sports.
The Aspen Institute's Project Play develops, shares and applies knowledge that helps stakeholders build healthy communities through sports. Launched in 2013 by the Sports & Society Program, the initiative has created a national movement around growing youth access to quality sport activity, through its reports, convening of leaders, and framework of eight strategies for the eight sectors that touch the lives of children.