A little different approach today.  Please find below some fun facts that are related to athlete development.

First off, stop banking on your kid to go pro to put you on easy street.  Unfortunately, banking on little Johnny or Sally to become a professional athlete is a bad move.  They are more likely to get struck by lightning than to play major professional sport!

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The money made in sport is significant, but think about this, the average salary of a Fortune 500 CEO is:

CEO’s can make this kind of money for years and years.

Same with doctors.  The average salary of a primary care physician is $300,000.

The average career is 30 years. That is a net earnings of $90,000,000!

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The amount of money spent by families on youth sport is no joke!  In a recent study, nearly 20% of U.S. families spend more than $12,000 a year, or $1,000 per month, on youth sports, per child, according to a TD Ameritrade survey of parents between 30 and 60 years old with $25,000 in investable assets.

Maybe parents should be putting some of that money into physics camp or other development oriented activities?

Kids should play sport to develop skills that they can use in life.  When you think about what sport can provide beyond the game, that is why the investment is worth playing sport. If you think it is about wins and losses, you’d be wrong.  And, you are probably actively ruining our kid's youth sports experience. Focus on using sport to develop the following skill sets:

Game Change was founded in 2011 to serve and enhance the athlete development needs of major professional and elite sport organizations and athletes.  Game Change specializes in customized research and assessment services, the development of applied interventions and resources designed to provide long-term positive outcomes for organizations and individual athletes.  Game Change believes strongly in sport as a catalyst for societal change and adheres to the philosophy of ‘changing the world one athlete at a time’.

Duncan Fletcher