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SHAPE Member Teams Up With Aspen Institute's Project Play

SHAPE America member Michael Sagas, Professor and Chair of the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management at the University of Florida, recently teamed up with the Aspen Institute's Project Play to garner research around some of the grittiest questions in American sport.

Project Play is a two year project led by Tom Farrey, director of the Aspen Institute's Sport & Society Program that aims to get and keep more children involved in sports. Sagas, with the help of undergraduate student researcher Yasamin Sabeti, and with editorial observations provided by Farrey, authored a research brief that summarizes the most current and relevant research necessary to answer the following questions:

  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of early sport specialization? 
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of early sport sampling?
  • What is the "10 year/10,000 hour rule" and is it required for sport mastery?
  • What is the role of "deliberate play" in the acquisition of sport skills?
  • What's the best evidence supporting Long-Term Athletic Development? 

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Position Statements

Recommended Requisites for Sport Coaches

SHAPE America's Position: coaches at all levels possess a minimum level of coaching education and hold appropriate certifications in order to effectively meet the changing needs of the athlete.

A Coach’s Guide to Parental Roles and Responsibilities in Sport

SHAPE America's Position: This statement provides recommendations from a task force created by SHAPE America Sport Steering Committee about how coaches can foster appropriate parent behavior.

Coach’s Code of Conduct

SHAPE America's Position: At a minimum, the coach’s role should incorporate knowledge and awareness of the competencies found within the eight domains from Quality Coaches, Quality Sports: National Standards for Sport Coaches

Program Orientation for High School Sport Coaches

SHAPE America's Position: Prior to the start of each season, all high school head coaches, assistant coaches, and volunteer coaches should be required to participate in a comprehensive orientation to the sport program.

Sexual Harassment in Athletic Settings

SHAPE America's Position: No individual may be discriminated against on the basis of sex in any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance (62 Federal Register 12038).