GAME CHANGE SPORTS
We Are Officially Off the Youth Sports Side Lines
Many of us at Game Change and many colleagues working in professional and elite athlete development express amazement and frustration at the state of youth sport in North America.
It is morass of short-termism and a focus on the wrong outcomes.
It has to change. I can’t speak to all youth sports, but I know hockey and youth hockey has suffered from a misalignment of objectives and parents focused on wins, scholarships and pro contracts.
To combat this ridiculousness, Game Change is proud to announce Game Change Sports. Game Change Sports has launched the youth hockey initiative, Connecticut GC. It is our hope that our focus on practice, skill development and fun coupled with personal and inter-personal development can be used as a baseline to change not only youth hockey but perhaps other sports as well.
It won’t be easy. Since its launch, Connecticut GC has been besieged with cease and desist letters from USA Hockey’s representative in Connecticut (the CHC)*** (see update below) and concerted attempts by local sports organizations to quash this initiative.
If these are the obstacles faced to bring change to youth sport, no wonder no one does anything. However, with the support of several forward thinking individuals and entities, we are bucking that trend.
***UPDATE: After a recent change in leadership at the CHC, Connecticut GC was granted status by both USA Hockey and CHC. Kudos to the CHC leadership team for giving us a chance to demonstrate our model’s efficacy. We’re appreciative of the opportunity. ***