|Sport for Life 2018|
Spring League, we are launching a project to promote “sport for life”. With the support of Sport for Life Canada, we
will be communicating to you:
- Our values for Spring League
- How Spring League fits into long term athlete development, ensuring that players engage in
appropriate activities and skills for their age and stage of development
- The importance of learning how
to stay active for life
- How we can create a
positive sport experience
the season we will provide different opportunities to learn about
these themes, including fact sheets, posters, newsletters, speakers and social media. Read on for more information about what this means for you...
the end of Spring League we will be asking you for feedback about what you found
useful, engaging and informative - and
what you didn’t!
Contact: Emma Gibbons, Executive
Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring League - encouraging sport for life!
Our Spring League program offers
skills development and physical activity in a supportive environment based on
Long-Term Athlete Development – LTAD is a progressive pathway that
recognises distinct stages of development in children. We will ensure that the activities that
players engage in during Spring League are appropriate for their age and stage
Player-centered – we recognise that physical, mental, cognitive and
emotional development varies according to a player’s age and stage of
Promotes key values - we will ensure that Spring League is
inclusive, welcoming, fun, fair and safe
Encourages lifelong activity and wellness – whether our players
want to continue with ﬁeld hockey, try another of our programs, or take a break
and come back at a later time, we will provide opportunities for them to stay
active at any age.
To find out more about Spring League click here.
"I am learning to be active for life!"
Our U6-U12 players will receive a "My Player Pathway" card at the start of Spring League.
We would like you to learn:
you should be doing and learning at your age in sport
it is important to try different sports and activities
fair and respecting others
Each week of Spring League, complete
the challenge or collect a postcard to take you one step further along the
pathway on the card.
Don’t forget to pick up your prize at the end of
Week 1: Postcard 1 "I am learning about my development"
Week 2 "I told my coach what I wanted to learn this Spring League"
Week 5 Postcard 2 "I'm learning different ways of moving my body"
Week 4 "I talked about the code of conduct with my parents"
Week 5 Postcard 3 "I'm learning about trying different sports"
play an essential role in creating a supportive environment for your child to
experience sport and physical activity. Look out for these in Spring League:
Useful Parent Resources:
- A Welcome Pack for U6-U12 age groups with key information
about Spring League, player development and the skills that your child will learn
during the program
- Parent newsletters
& player seminars on key topics
– HOLD THE DATE: 2 May is our first
seminar with Matt Young about parenting in sport today. Details to follow.
- Posters at the field
- "Hot Topics & Hot Chocolate” – For
our U7 and U8 players, we will have tents with hot drinks on select days so
that parents can pick up information on key topics while they watch their
Physical Literacy - A parent's guide
Early Sport Specialisation - A parent's guide
- Codes of conduct
for coaches, players and parents
A Sport Parents Guide from Canadian Sport for Life
Long Term Athlete Development for Parents
Maximising the Sport Experience for our kids
Coaches play an essential role in creating a positive sport experience for our players. We want to help and
support you. Watch out for these this season...
Useful Coach Resources:
- A Welcome Pack for our U6-U12 coaches and managers with key information about Spring League, your team’s development and staying safe and healthy while you play
- Player development and skills
matrices for your age group so that you can understand how best to
coach and teach the skills appropriate for your team
- Team progress cards in select age groups to help you communicate to your team about the skills you learned during Spring
- Coach and manager newsletters
- A "Team of the Week" social media campaign to feature some of our teams
Field Hockey Canada's Long-Term Hockey Development Plan
We know that kids are dropping out of sport because it isn’t fun anymore
– we are creating a culture with an emphasis on high sporting achievement at an
early age, where children have to specialise too early and often this means
that the joy of playing is lost. Spring League is a perfect opportunity for
kids to discover the fun of playing field hockey simply for the love of it –
it’s a chance to show and teach kids, parents and coaches about fun,
exercise and skill development in a social setting.
At the end of the season we will ask parents, players and coaches for your feedback. The project evaluation will
look at how easy and how effective the different activities were at
communicating our key messages and raising awareness about sport for
life. We hope that we can identify some
practical ways that we – and other sport organisations – can connect and
communicate with our members beyond just sending emails.
At the end of the day, we want to create a
positive sport experience for children which will encourage them to stay active