Youth Sports as a Development Zone

No matter our role in the sport of baton twirling — athlete, coach, judge, official, parent, etc. — we must never forget the most important virtue of youth sports: that it is, at all times, an avenue for character education.

In his TEDx talk below, Jim Thompson — faculty member at Stanford University and founder of Positive Coaching Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using sports to develop “Better Athletes, Better People” — describes the importance of approaching youth sports as a Development Zone®, providing teachable moments for valuable life lessons. By focusing on character education, “Double Goal Coaches” can develop “Triple-Impact Competitors®” — competitors who not only elevate themselves and their teammates, but also their sport.

Monica Lee

Monica Lee serves as USTA's Media and Technology Specialist. She built Knowledge Central to help expand USTA's educational programs and make professional resources more accessible to all.

One thought on “Youth Sports as a Development Zone

  • March 26, 2019 at 9:20 am

    This was awesome! Thank you Monica 🙂


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