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Risky play does not mean hazardous play

For educators and parents alike, it’s a natural compulsion to ensure the potential for all injuries on the playground is minimized. As adults, we often underestimate a child’s ability to independently govern risk. It’s not always easy for us to be hands-off and let children engage in risky play on the playground. But with that said, there’s an important distinction between risk—which is increasingly seen as a positive aspect of play—and a hazard. Continue reading

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Under the knife: Exposing the US’s youth basketball crisis

Basketball Canada, Raptors TV and the sports media promote the US as the “Go to” country for Canadian youth to develop their skills and make it as professionals. All six Canadians in the recent 2019 NBA draft, a record, went to US private basketball schools – in high school. Yet this occurs when the frenzied regimen of the US program is causing untold damage to American youth; players too often exhausted by marathon schedules, without proper training and with promising careers cut short because of it | Part II of a two-part series by BAXTER HOLMES, EPSN Senior Writer

(July 12) – A 3-YEAR-OLD BALL of energy named Noah bounds around a former live music venue one block from the beach in Santa Barbara. He’s surrounded by about a dozen top prep prospects from around the U.S., all here at P3 Applied Sports Science, a performance lab that has assessed the biomechanics of hundreds of the world’s best athletes, including about 350 NBA players over the past 11 years. Continue reading

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‘These kids are ticking time bombs’: The threat of youth basketball US-style

Basketball Canada, Raptors TV and the sports media promote the US as the “Go to” country for Canadian youth to develop their skills and make it as professionals. All six Canadians in the recent 2019 NBA draft, a record, went to US private basketball schools – in high school. Yet this occurs when the frenzied regimen of the US program is causing untold damage to American youth; players too often exhausted by marathon schedules, without proper training and with promising careers cut short because of it | Part I of a two-part series by BAXTER HOLMES, EPSN Senior Writer

(July 11) – STAPLES CENTER FALLS graveyard silent and still, a sellout crowd staring at the rookie beneath the basket, surrounded by medical personnel. His eyes are wet with tears. His head coach tells him to stay strong. It’s Oct. 28, 2014, the Lakers’ regular-season opener and the NBA debut for Julius Randle, a 6-foot-9 forward and the Lakers’ first first-round pick in seven years, a foundation of their post-Kobe Bryant future. Continue reading

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London 2012: Olympic Games will not improve mass participation in sport

(July 27, 2012, Play the Game) – JUSTIFYING multi-billion Olympic spending by claiming that the Games in London will inspire more Britons to participate in sports may be plain wrong, reveals a new study. The London bid originally stated that the motivation for hosting the Games was to “enhance sport in London and the United Kingdom forever.” Continue reading

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Europe is draining Africa of football talent

Extensive research into trafficking of young African players reveals that such major European clubs as Manchester United and Chelsea systematically use loopholes in the regulation to recruit youth players from the African continent, leaving up to 20,000 former footballers living on the streets of European cities. Continue reading

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The other ball boys and girls

The child workers for the World Cup

BY DOMHNALL Ó COBHTHAIGH·

The young workers employed in the sweatshop factories of sporting goods companies across the globe don’t have the opportunity to play sport; their lives are ground down by slave labour. Behind the ‘stinging play’ there is the stingy pay. Continue reading

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Competition: Is winning everything?

kids baseball back cover.rgbBy CURTIS COWARD and TONY SEED*

Edited by Paul Healy

COMPETITIVE SPORTS can apply a lot of pressure on our youth. Baseball is no exception.

Young people register in baseball leagues for recreation, to be with their friends, or just to have fun. Many want to learn and become better at the game. But all join for positive reasons.

Learning and fun do not have to be two exclusive functions. Coaches, there is no law in baseball that says a player cannot have fun while learning. You can increase the knowledge, abilities, and skills in a manner which also improves the players’ enjoyment and satisfaction. Practice drills can be fun, but hard work is required to improve. Can there be fun which involves work? Of course! Why not? Continue reading

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