CHANGING THE PLAY:
USING ACTION RESEARCH TO
REFORM YOUTH SPORT
Raquel Hutchinson
Laurence Chalip
Jarrod Scheunemann
Univer...
THE ISSUE
Declining youth sport participation
DECLINE OF YOUTH SPORT
WHY WE CARE
 Physical activity, including sport, is essential for combatting the
current obesity epidemic, especially amo...
FUN
QUALITY OF
EXPERIENCE
PROGRAM
DESIGN
PROGRAM
DELIVERY
COACHING
QUITSTAY
THE CHALLENGE
Reform of youth sport in a disconnected (federalist) policy system
POLICY CONSIDERATIONS
 U.S. has no formal institutionalized system of sport development
 Amateur Sports Act gives respon...
NATIONAL POLICY INITIATIVE
 Launched in 2013
 Influence the influencers
 Convene leaders and experts
to discuss specifi...
THE NEED
Inclusion of non-elite, local-level practitioners in policy
implementation
ILLINOIS YOUTH SPORT SUMMIT
 Goal 1: Include park and
recreation professionals in
the conversation
 Goal 2: Bring the di...
ILLINOIS YOUTH SPORT INITIATIVE
IYSI AS ACTION RESEARCH
 Summit functioned as formative evaluation
 Identify key challenges and contribute to definition...
RESULTS (thus far)
Project Play: The 8 Plays IYSS: 6 Realms of Action
1. Ask kids what they want
2. Reintroduce free play
...
NEXT STEPS
 Working groups/sub-committees
 Identify and develop demonstration sites and communities
 Synthesize finding...
KEY TAKEAWAYS
 Positive sport experiences at a young age provide the foundation
for the broader sport industry
 Successf...
QUESTIONS?
CHANGING THE PLAY:
USING ACTION
RESEARCH TO REFORM
YOUTH SPORT
Raquel Hutchinson
Laurence Chalip
Jarrod Scheune...
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  • 1. CHANGING THE PLAY: USING ACTION RESEARCH TO REFORM YOUTH SPORT Raquel Hutchinson Laurence Chalip Jarrod Scheunemann University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign
  • 2. THE ISSUE Declining youth sport participation
  • 3. DECLINE OF YOUTH SPORT
  • 4. WHY WE CARE  Physical activity, including sport, is essential for combatting the current obesity epidemic, especially among children  Participation in sport has the potential to be a means by which young people learn and develop desirable social skills and behaviors  Children of color and from low income homes are more likely to be obese and less likely to have access to sport than non- Hispanic white youth  Behaviors established at a young age transfer to adulthood  Young participants are both the talent pool and future fans
  • 5. FUN QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE PROGRAM DESIGN PROGRAM DELIVERY COACHING QUITSTAY
  • 6. THE CHALLENGE Reform of youth sport in a disconnected (federalist) policy system
  • 7. POLICY CONSIDERATIONS  U.S. has no formal institutionalized system of sport development  Amateur Sports Act gives responsibility to USOC  Policy decisions are generally made at higher organizational levels without input from those who organize and run programs  Fundamental disconnect between organizational leaders, academic experts, and practitioners at the coal face  What are the legitimations of youth sport participation
  • 8. NATIONAL POLICY INITIATIVE  Launched in 2013  Influence the influencers  Convene leaders and experts to discuss specific topics  Publish short research briefs and post-roundtable reports  Raise awareness and set the agenda
  • 9. THE NEED Inclusion of non-elite, local-level practitioners in policy implementation
  • 10. ILLINOIS YOUTH SPORT SUMMIT  Goal 1: Include park and recreation professionals in the conversation  Goal 2: Bring the discussion to those responsible for daily implementation  Goal 3: Develop an action plan  State, regional, and local level providers  Partnered with Project Play
  • 11. ILLINOIS YOUTH SPORT INITIATIVE
  • 12. IYSI AS ACTION RESEARCH  Summit functioned as formative evaluation  Identify key challenges and contribute to definition of problem and attributions  Develop activities and resources with and for practitioners, so that they are useful and empowering  Actions also serve as data points that provide insight for policy formulation  Increase stakeholder buy-in and subsequent commitment to change by listening to and valuing their voices
  • 13. RESULTS (thus far) Project Play: The 8 Plays IYSS: 6 Realms of Action 1. Ask kids what they want 2. Reintroduce free play 3. Encourage sport sampling 4. Revitalize in-town leagues 5. Think small 6. Design for development 7. Train all coaches 8. Emphasize prevention 1. Design & implement child- centered programming 2. Manage parents 3. Train coaches to be sport & life skill mentors 4. Creatively develop & manage resources 5. Build status for participatory youth sport programs 6. Improve programming for traditionally underserved populations
  • 14. NEXT STEPS  Working groups/sub-committees  Identify and develop demonstration sites and communities  Synthesize findings from both reports at the level of action  Continue agenda-setting at state and local level
  • 15. KEY TAKEAWAYS  Positive sport experiences at a young age provide the foundation for the broader sport industry  Successful policy implementation requires integrating (listening and valuing) grassroots practitioners into the conversation  An effective means to enable the inclusion and integration of local stakeholders is through participatory action research  Early stages of action research may benefit by conducting data collection and agenda setting simultaneously  Developing and coordinating both top down AND bottom up policy action necessary to reform youth sports
  • 16. QUESTIONS? CHANGING THE PLAY: USING ACTION RESEARCH TO REFORM YOUTH SPORT Raquel Hutchinson Laurence Chalip Jarrod Scheunemann University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign

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