Wednesday, November 21, 2012
US Youth Soccer members participated in this survey
that was conducted by the United States Anti-Doping Agency in December 2009 through January 2010. There is an executive summary that starts on page 7 and finishes on page 9. The data confirms many of the details that US Youth Soccer has collected over the years.
A few interesting points from my first review:
1. Coaches rank as the top influence in youth sports
2. Parents cite personal and social values when describing the hopes for their children’s participation
3. "…when sport is no longer fun, children and youth are more likely to stop participating."
4. "…believe the top qualities that sport actually does reinforce are competitiveness and winning."