The Norwegian Way - Children's rights in sport

Discussion in 'Ski School' started by Kreative1, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. Kreative1

    Kreative1 Booting up Skier

    Feb 7, 2019
    Some food for thought, here is a quick clip from a longer segment on Real Sports regarding Norwegian Children's sporting culture and their bill of rights.

    Here is the link to their Children's Rights in Sport.

    Could you imagine if these rules also applied to US children?

    Do you think more younger athletes would stick with sports longer? Perhaps children (and parents) would be happier while participating in youth sports.

    Probably the biggest hurdle we have is the funding to keep costs low for clubs (Norway uses money from gambling).

    We constantly push our kids to be the best ignoring what we know about children development and how that isn't really what they desire at a young age. I know some of you out there are race coaches, does this give you some ideas of approaching things differently the next season. Maybe you can do your own experiments and make some subtle changes to your program.
    Jack skis, Bad Bob, SkiSpeed and 5 others like this.
  2. abcd

    abcd Booting up Skier

    May 13, 2017
    I think this great post does not get any responses simply because it's brutally non-controversial. Norwegians just got it right. Kids get to get outside and play. It's affordable. Even if it's not affordable, it's accessible. And there is no competition until later age.
    I'm particularly impressed with the last one. More fun, later specialization and appreciation of sports and outdoors as something you do because it's good for you, not necessarily compete in
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  3. Coach13

    Coach13 Out on the slopes Skier

    Nov 15, 2015
    No. VA
    I think it’s great. The opportunity for this attitude here towards youth sports has sadly past most of our present day culture by. Here in the US crazy, unrealistic parents start trying to push their kids Division 1& Pro careers in their respective sports long before the kids have had a chance to learn and enjoy a sport.
    abcd likes this.
  4. Stacks

    Stacks Stacks Skier

    Apr 4, 2016
    Otago, Aotearoa
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