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Kids Will Get More Out of Sports if we Put the Fun Back In

from The Seattle Times

There’s a national movement to put the fun back into youth sports and to make the development of lifelong physical and mental benefits more important than winning.

For a couple of years, people who have expertise in child development, sports and other fields have been meeting to talk about where we are and where we ought to be with regard to children and sports. This year launched a report and action plan, "Sport for All / Play for Life."

Most children ages 6-11 aren’t getting the minimum hour a day of physical activity they need to stay healthy. And between 2008 and 2013, sports-participation rates declined among children 6-12.

Some kids don’t have access to sports programs. Household income makes a difference in access and the age at which children are introduced to sports. The higher the income, the earlier children start participating.

Also, kids’ sports have become extremely competitive, so that more and more children are left out. Often, only kids who can help a team win are valued. more

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