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Youth Sports has a new initiative starting in fall 2013. Positive Play Project encourages youth development and wellness in sports. We have partnered with several local organizations to provide high quality trainings, resources and outreach in areas including positive coaching, concussion awareness, injury prevention, equipment and safety gear access, hydration and nutrition.
 
Partners include Positive Coaching Alliance, A.T. Still University, NextCare, ASU College of Health Solutions, and East Valley Sports.
 
Positive Play Project is an active guide and support tool for all Youth Sports coaches, parents/guardians, participants and staff. The safety and well-being of participants is our number one priority. Please familiarize yourself with the educational material.

 

Sportsmanship


Great sportsmanship is something that Youth Sports hopes to instill in all of our participants, parents/guardians, coaches, staff, and spectators. Sportsmanship is a key virtue that can help youth in not only sports, but in school and life as well. We are all here for the kids to have fun and should make sure our emotions and desire to win do not impede on their right to have a happy and positive playing environment.
 
According to the National Alliance of Youth Sports, 70% of kids quit playing youth sports by the time they are 13 because it isn’t fun anymore. Youth Sports wants to change that, but we can’t do it alone. We ask everyone, including participants, parents/guardians, coaches, staff, and spectators to play an active role in keeping the game fun and demonstrate great examples of sportsmanship.
 
Please review the following sportsmanship information for Youth Sports’ aspirations in our programs.

 

Awards


As part of the Positive Play Project, Youth Sports will be handing out two awards per league division as a way of recognizing and thanking our positive coaches and teams.
 
Positive Coaching Award

  • The Positive Coaching Award will be given to one coach in each division of our leagues that demonstrates the qualities most important to Youth Sports and the Positive Play Project. Players, coaches, parents/guardians and staff will vote for the coach in their league that they feel deserves this special acknowledgment. The recipient of the Positive Coaching Award will receive recognition and a plaque.

 

Positive Team Award

  • The Positive Team Award will be given to a team in each division of our leagues that demonstrates the qualities most important to Youth Sports and the Positive Play Project. Players, coaches, parents/guardians and staff will vote for the team in their league that they feel deserves this special acknowledgment. The recipients of the Positive Team Award will each receive recognition and a medal.

 

Voting Process

  • During the last regular season game, teams in each league will be provided with voting ballots. Ballots must be filled out onsite at the game and returned the same day. Each youth participant and their parent/guardian will receive one ballot to vote for the Positive Coaching Award and the Positive Team Award. Teams may not vote for themselves or their own coaches. Staff will also cast votes for both awards. Ballots will be tabulated and winners will be announced at the tournament. (Please note: League administration reserves the right to disqualify a coach or team from consideration based on complaints, disciplinary issues, or other negative behavior.)


Culture Keeper

One parent/guardian per team will be elected as the “Culture Keeper” who will help support the coach and league in ensuring other team parents/guardians and players follow the mission and goals of Youth Sports and the Positive Play Project.

 

Trained Staff and Coaches

All league games have trained staff on site to supervise, instruct, and officiate. These staff members have experience and knowledge in the sport which is enhanced by training provided by Youth Sports including working with youth, safety precautions, and emergency procedures.
 
All volunteer coaches are required go through the Positive Play Project training once a year. This training includes Positive Coaching Alliance, sports safety (concussions and injury prevention) as well as nutrition and hydration to help ensure safe and effective coaching. Coaches are also required to attend the mandatory league meeting prior to the start of the season.

 

First Aid, CPR, and AED

All programs have a First Aid kit and a certified staff in First Aid on site in case of emergency. If you need First aid, please see any staff member for assistance. All programs also have an AED and a certified staff in CPR and AED on site in case of emergency. If you have a serious emergency requiring such, please immediately call 911 and see any staff member for assistance. All volunteer coaches in our leagues are provided with a first aid kit to have at practices and games.


 
Please review the following information on concussions:


Concussion Awareness

Youth Sports follows the recommendations and guidelines on concussions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as AT Still University. Concussions can occur in any sport; therefore, all parents/guardians and volunteer coaches need to know concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs. All volunteer coaches are encouraged to watch the online training to learn more. Volunteer coaches should always notify parents/guardians and league director if a participant had contact with their head whether it seemed severe or not.

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Please review the following information on concussions:

 

Injuries and Prevention


Youth Sports follows the recommendations and guidelines on injuries from AT Still University. Injuries can occur in any sport; therefore, all parents/guardians and volunteer coaches need to know signs and symptoms and what to do if an injury occurs. Volunteer coaches should always notify parents/guardians and league administration if a participant had an injury in a practice or game whether it seemed severe or not.

Please review the following information on injuries and prevention:

Coaches

 

Parents

 

Nutrition and Hydration


Youth Sports follows the recommendations and guidelines on hydration and nutrition from AT Still University and ASU College of Health Solutions. All participants should bring plenty of water with them to all sports programs in order to stay hydrated. We ask that snacks provided to participants/teams after practices and games are healthy. Great examples of healthy snacks are fruit, cereal bars, trail mix, nuts, and sandwiches. Please not to bring doughnuts, cookies, chips, pop, sugary drinks, etc. as we want to promote healthy wellness of young athletes.
 
Please review the following information on nutrition and hydration:

 

Age Appropriate Equipment, Dimensions and Rules


All leagues use age appropriate equipment, dimensions, and rules to ensure safety and proper age progression in the sport.
 
Appropriate Shoes, Attire, and Protective Gear

  • Athletic pants or shorts are encouraged which allow for more comfort.
  • No skirts, dresses, or wide leg pants that could hinder safe movement or cause a participant to trip and fall.
  • No sandals, flats, or sneakers similar to Chuck Taylors as they have no foot support. The only acceptable footwear is a true closed-toe athletic shoe.
  • Participants may wear sport specific shoes such as plastic cleats if the program allows it. No metal cleats are allowed. If you have a participant who does not have proper footwear, let league administration know as we have a supply of new and gently used athletic shoes that they can have.
  • No jewelry. This includes earrings, necklaces, watches, rings, bracelets, etc. Medical alert items are allowed.

 

East Valley Sports offers discounted sports equipment for Youth Sports participants.  Please review the following information about some of the discount equipement offered.

 

Partners


 

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Contact Information:

Lacy Bienkowski
Youth Sports

Recreation Programmer
480-644-3040


Kylie Powell
Field Allocations

Recreation Specialist
480-644-2447

Tiffany Krahenbuhl
Adult Sports

Recreation Coordinator
480-644-4196

Weather HotLine
480-644-2765

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 7:00a - 6:00p

Sports Office
200 S. Center St. Building #1
Mesa, AZ 85210
480-644-2698 (Fax)

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211


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