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For the second year in a row, the Center for Leadership in Athletics brought together a room full of sports-based youth development professionals from around the Puget Sound to discuss national trends and share local success stories.

The 2nd annual Youth Sports Leadership Forum on November 18 brought together professionals from over 20 organizations from the Seattle area. The Forum was an opportunity for youth sports professionals to come together, network and share ideas that help enhance the quality of their programming. While last year's Forum focused on identifying common challenges amongst the youth sports and development community in the Seattle area (and nationally), this year's focus was on "Finding Solutions".

Topics ranged from how to identify and connect to resources in an organization’s immediate community to learning about national trends and issues in the field of sports based youth development. The following was the agenda of the day:

  • Sports-Based Youth Development Kickoff: Finding Solutions – to what? And why?
    At last year’s forum, we brainstormed ideas about the common challenges that sports-based youth development organizations face: finding and keeping quality staff/coaches, measuring and evaluating the impact of our programs, and transportation and space issues. What is the latest information on these issues from the sports-based youth development field?
  • Local Panel: Creating Partnerships that Work
    Examples and discussion of collaborations, networks and partnerships from the field.
  • Workshop: Highlighting and Sharing Victories
  • Networking Lunch
  • Community Mapping and Identifying Local Resources for Sports Based Youth Development  Organizations
  • What’s Next? Opportunities and Resources

Participating Organizations

A PLUS Youth Program

Citywide Youth Athletics Seattle Parks and Recreation

Seattle Girls' School

Academic Sports Development

Falcon Gymnastics Center/ SPU

Seattle Parks and Recreation

AGE UP Ultimate Program

Garfield High School/Seatown Express Track Club

SOS Outreach

Ballard Boys & Girls Club

Girls on the Run of Puget Sound

Sports in Schools

Bike Works

Girls Rock! Metrocenter YMCA

Taro Roots Foundation

Boys & Girls Club - Rainier Vista

Highline High School

University of Washington

City of Redmond

Major Taylor Project/Cascade Bicycle Club

Youth Development Executives of King County

City of Redmond Parks and Recreation

Row to the Future - George Pocock Rowing Foundation


The turn out, feedback and energy in the room was excellent! Additionally, the stories, ideas and successes that were shared during the day further indicate the large impact that these youth sports organizations are having on even the most hard-to-reach youth.

Above: Professionals discuss best practices and share ideas about improving sports-based youth development programming.

In addition to the Forum, the Center partnered with the George Pocock Rowing Foundation to facilitate the Youth Sports tract at their third annual Kossev Symposium: Innovative Leadership in Rowing and Sport - A Comprehensive Coaching Conference (link). This conference took an innovative approach to coaches training by inviting youth coaches from different sports to attend to learn about youth development and the critical role of coaches in this development. The Center presented the following:

  • Coaching to Impact Youth Development

    As a youth sport coach, you witness the power that sports can have on young people every day and your role is critical to a young athlete’s positive experience of sport. Youth coaches – regardless of sport - have the greatest opportunity to ensure that young people benefit in a positive way from their participation. This session will present an innovative perspective on foundations of youth development through sport and identify the coach’s role in this positive development.

  • Building Positive Experiences in Practice and Competition
  • Creating positive, successful experiences for young athletes, requires building your practices and competitive activity with careful attention to skill development, appropriate training programs, confidence building, and a healthy spirit of competition. This session offers practical tools and strategies to design and implement an enriching program.

  • Leading Your Team Through the Season

    While you may start the year off with a solid plan in hand, having a successful season requires active leadership. As a coach, a multitude of factors can impact your team effectiveness: relationships with parents, varying skill and interest level among your athletes, and organizational culture, just to name a few. These elements can make prioritizing positive youth development difficult in the face of decision-making. In this hands-on, interactive session we will address the factors that can impact your team and discuss strategies for ensuring a positive season for your athletes.

For more information on the Center for Leadership in Athletics and/or its community partnerships and outreach activities, please contact Adrienne Moore at moad8@uw.edu

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