Do you participate in organized sports? Have you ever wanted to?
Do you feel youth sports in the United States are accessible to all children? Or do you feel they are available only to a talented few?
Last year, over 40 million children in the United States played an organized sport. However, the share of children from age 6 to 12 who regularly participated in an organized team sport declined to 37 percent in 2017 from 45 percent in 2008, and approximately one in six engaged in no sports activity at all. In addition, 80 percent of youth athletes quit sports by age 15.
In “Does Norway Have the Answer to Excess in Youth Sports?,” Tom Farrey writes:
Imagine a society in which 93 percent of children grow up playing organized sports. Where costs are low, the economic barriers to entry few, travel teams aren’t formed until the teenage years — and where adults don’t start sorting the weak from the strong until children have grown into their bodies and interests. Then, the most promising talents become the most competitive athletes in the world, on a per-capita basis.
I am talking about Norway.
The country found its way onto my radar in a meaningful way last year at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where Norway, a nation of just 5.3 million, won more medals, 39, than any other country in the history of the Winter Games.
The United States finished fourth, with 23 medals. I was helping host a podcast for NBC Sports and interviewed the head of Norway’s Olympic delegation, who explained that the country’s system prioritizes participation through age 13 and, after that, surrounds top prospects with great coaching.
In late March I spent a week in Norway, visiting community clubs and talking to an array of stakeholders, including children.
“I like being outside and active with my friends,” Julia Stusvik-Eide, an 11-year-old from Oslo, told me at her neighborhood club as she balanced on cross-country skis with the aid of two classmates, arm-in-arm.
Julia’s comment is hardly a revelation. These are the priorities of most children, anywhere in the world. What’s distinctive about Norway’s sport model is how deliberately it tries to align with those needs.
The country’s is a document unlike any other in the world, a declaration that underpins its whole sports ecosystem. Introduced in 1987 and updated in 2007 by the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports, the eight-page statement describes the type of experience that every child in the country must be provided, from safe training environments to activities that facilitate friendships.
The statement places a high value on the voices of youth. Children “must be granted opportunities to participate in planning and execution of their own sport activities,” according to the document. They may “decide for themselves how much they would like to train,” and can even opt out of games if they just want to practice.
Want to transfer clubs in midseason? Go ahead, no penalty. Suit up with a rival club next week, if you wish.
“We believe the motivation of children in sport is much more important than that of the parent or coach,” said Inge Andersen, former secretary general of the Norwegian confederation. “We’re a small country and can’t afford to lose them because sport is not fun.”
All 54 national sport federations voted to adopt and abide by Children’s Rights in Sport, which also describes the type of activities not allowed by member clubs. No national championships before age 13. No regional championships before age 11, or even publication of game scores or rankings. Competition is promoted but not at the expense of development and the Norwegian vision: “Joy of Sport for All.”
Students, read the entire article, then tell us:
— Should all young people be provided with opportunities to participate in organized sports? Why or why not? Are youth sports accessible to all children where you live?
— Have you participated in organized sports? If yes, were those experiences positive and healthy? What do you feel you have gained from those experiences? If you have never participated, tell us why?
— What are your thoughts on Norway’s approach to youth sports? What do you think we can learn from that country’s model? The article quotes Mr. Andersen:
It’s impossible to say at 8 or 10 or 12 who is going to be talented in school or sport. That takes another 10 years. Our priority is the child becoming self-reflective about their bodies and minds.
Do you agree with this? Are youth sports in the United States too focused on competition rather than the physical well-being for all? What aspects of America’s approach to youth sports do you think should be changed or could be improved?
— How important is playing sports for you and your friends and peers? Do you think youth sports are inviting to all young people? Do you think all young people would benefit from participating in a sport, regardless of talent?
— Should the United States have a declaration of Children’s Rights in Sport? What would you want to be included in our version?
Students 13 and older are invited to comment. All comments are moderated by the Learning Network staff, but please keep in mind that once your comment is accepted, it will be made public.B:
2017香港六彩32开奖结果历史记录【王】【青】【自】【己】【想】【想】【也】【觉】【得】【挺】【可】【笑】，【和】【自】【己】【八】【杆】【子】【打】【不】【着】【的】【事】，【我】【这】【么】【着】【急】【干】【什】【么】。 【大】【不】【了】，【最】【后】【跑】【呗】，【哪】【怕】【水】【叔】【不】【出】【手】，【我】【还】【有】【魂】【值】【在】，【怕】【什】【么】？ 【至】【少】【借】【这】【个】【机】【会】【多】【看】【看】【超】【凡】【者】【之】【间】【的】【战】【斗】，【还】【有】【魂】【力】【的】【运】【用】，【都】【说】【实】【践】【是】【最】【好】【的】【老】【师】，【正】【好】【抓】【住】【这】【个】【机】【会】，【赶】【快】【弄】【明】【白】。 【有】【了】【注】【意】【的】【王】【青】，【心】【中】【慢】【慢】【变】【得】【平】【静】
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【经】【过】【几】【年】【的】【辛】【苦】，【蔡】【珅】【帮】【助】【陈】【太】【合】【建】【立】【的】【大】【周】【朝】，【基】【本】【上】【一】【统】【了】【整】【个】【府】【湖】【域】，【只】【是】【还】【剩】【下】【依】【然】“【自】【治】”【的】【吞】【山】【城】。 【恰】【好】【就】【是】【这】【座】【吞】【山】【城】，【再】【次】【出】【现】【了】【问】【题】，【没】【有】【被】【清】【剿】【干】【净】【的】【隐】【族】，【又】【一】【次】【的】“【兴】【风】【作】【浪】”，【将】【蔡】【珅】【这】【些】【出】【现】【在】【天】【弃】【洲】，【又】【不】【被】【环】【境】【影】【响】【的】【特】【点】，【汇】【报】【给】【了】【长】【期】【往】【来】【的】【魔】【道】“【毒】【宗】”。 【毒】【宗】【派】【来】
【男】【人】【的】【声】【音】，【充】【满】【了】【磁】【性】【和】【温】【柔】，【让】【朱】【颜】【一】【瞬】【间】，【俏】【脸】【不】【自】【觉】【的】【红】【了】【起】【来】，【粉】【红】【粉】【红】【的】【抱】【着】，【抱】【着】【怀】【里】【的】【玫】【瑰】，【仿】【佛】【一】【瞬】【间】，【置】【身】【于】【甜】【蜜】【中】 【帝】【飞】【擎】【单】【膝】【跪】【地】。 “【颜】【儿】，【我】【无】【数】【个】【夜】【晚】，【在】【后】【悔】【着】【曾】【经】【听】【不】【明】【白】【朱】【爷】【爷】【的】【暗】【示】，【让】【你】【从】【我】【身】【边】【离】【开】，【让】【你】【在】【世】【间】【颠】【沛】【流】【离】【受】【尽】【委】【屈】 【从】【和】【你】【在】【一】【起】