Due to his well-rounded knowledge in sport and physical education policy, Dr. Higgs has been invited by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to provide an overarching view of the challenges facing much of the world. His goal is to incorporate three key CS4L ideas into the MINEPS resolutions: that all sport clubs, organizations and curricula deliver quality gender and developmental-age appropriate activities; that each country’s sport, recreation and physical education is coordinated through developmentally appropriate activities; and that physical literacy development is implemented for both population health and enhanced high performance sport.
Victoria, B.C. – The highly anticipated Physical Literacy Assessment for Youth (PLAY) tools were officially launched yesterday at the International Physical Literacy Conference (IPLC 2013). The PLAY tools, designed for coaches, exercise professionals, physiotherapists, athletic therapists, recreational leaders, parents and children, make it possible to determine individuals’ physical literacy levels in much the same way as literacy or numeracy levels. “This is a very exciting new development for people to understand the importance of learning a wide vocabulary of movements, allowing children to be active for life and establish their foundation for excellence,” says Richard Way, National Lead of Canadian Sport for Life.
Focus on winning can lead to a drop in participation, sedentary lifestyle, contends LTAD
A group that promotes removing scoreboards in children's sports says removing the focus on winning keeps players engaged in the sport longer.
Richard Way, the project lead for Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) with Canadian Sport for Life, says keeping scores and standings for young children does nothing to build self-esteem and positive sportsmanship.
"When we have a little eight, nine-year-old that wants to be creative and take some risks in a game, they're yelled at by parents to pass the ball because it might be a goal against the team and then drop them in the standings," he said.