NCYS “Youth Sports Today” Newsletter
YOUTH SPORTS TODAY
Official Publication of the National Council of Youth Sports Volume 6, Issue 1 January/February 2001
NCYS Market Research Tests The Breadth and The Depth of Youth Sports Participation
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) is a multi-sport nonprofit corporation established to: h Strengthen the performance of youth sport administrators through education; and h Advocate the values and preserve the integrity of organized youth sports.
hree years ago the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) released its unprecedented “First Report on Trends in Youth Sports” market research study. Ninety-eight percent of its membership reported the NCYS member organizations represent nearly 45,000,000 boys and girls participating in organized youth sports programs across the USA. The latest study is now on the desks of the NCYS membership. “The NCYS is uniquely positioned to acquire and analyze the comprehensive and detailed information we need. Thanks to a grant from the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), this research expands upon the first study and will provide the industry with much sought after statistical data and participation trends among organized youth sports,” said NCYS President Wanda L. Rutledge. “Our members are involved, responsive, and actively engaged in the growth and development of youth through organized youth sports programs on a daily basis,” continues NCYS President Rutledge. “Our members are the gatekeepers to grassroots participation. The NCYS has become the proven leader and primary resource for credible information about the organized youth sports industry. This
study will report the trends in youth sports by sport, by age, by gender, participation drop-offs, facility use and more. It gives us the true pulse on what is happening in our communities. The findings of this important market research has value to not only our members but to the entire sports industry,” says Executive Director Sally S. Cunningham. The appetite for information by the media, marketing companies, manufacturers, research firms, youth sports organizations, consultants and industry trade press will finally have their statistical plates filled with data to analyze as we all explore and anticipate the trends and future direction within our professions. Relevant facts can help forecast the future both qualitatively and quantitatively. The study and projection of trends and cycles are useful for short and long-term planning for the NCYS members and a broad spectrum of groups within the sports industry. Through this cooperative effort, the loyal reach of our membership will help all those affected by the youth sports industry to establish a much clearer and more accurate portrait of significant participation and trends. The report is due for release as a joint announcement with the SGMA this spring.
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Let the Tabulation Begin! NCYS Market Research Answers Youth Trends. George W. Bush Is First Former Little Leaguer To Win U.S. Presidency!!! NCYS’ Grassroots Plan for Government Relations. Captivating the Passion of Educational Leadership Training in the Tropics! Membership – Please Join Us to Make a Difference for the Future of Youth Sports!
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This very dedicated NCYS Board of Directors wishes to thank the entire membership for its untiring support and loyalty to help the organization achieve its aspiring goals.
George W. Bush Is First Former Little Leaguer To Win U.S. Presidency
George W. Bush is the second son of a president to win election to the highest office in th l d b t h ' th fi t Littl L As a youth, President Bush played in the Midland (Texas) Central Little League for several years in the 1950s. His mother and father, George and Barbara Bush, were volunteers in the league at the time. In a recent interview with George W. Bush, 43 President of the U.S. Oprah Winfrey, President Bush it d Littl L idi NCYS LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Wanda L. Rutledge WLRutledge Associates National Amateur Baseball Federation Jon Butler Pop Warner Little Scholars Kelly Hill College Bound Student Alliance
Larry Landolt Lynchburg Parks & Recreation Karen Collins USA Field Hockey Abe Key PONY Baseball/Softball Pam Marshall Amateur Athletic Union Sally S. Cunningham National Council of Youth Sports
The 2001 NCYS Nominating Committee has been appointed as: Chairman Dr. Judith C. Young, National Association for Sport and Physical Education; Frank Cammarano; Seattle Parks & Recreation; and Gregg Heinzman, Rutgers University-Youth Sports Research. There are two positions up for election. Candidates must meet the qualifications for the various positions as prescribed in the bylaws. Eligible candidates will be considered upon receipt of a letter of intent indicating their credentials to be received by April 2, 2001. Send your information to Chairwoman Dr. Judith C. Young, NASPE, 1900 Association Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191.
Source: The Irwin Pollack Report. Nashua, NH (603) 598-9300
A new management age is upon us. If you’re not up-to-date on the new rules, this list from international consulting group Watson Wyatt Worldwide should help: 1) Be sure to explain thoroughly the reasoning behind any major decisions or changes your company makes. 2) Pay attention to ideas and suggestions from your workforce. Act on them, or at least respond to them promptly. 3) Increase the flexibility of your work arrangements with job sharing, telecommuting, flexible work schedules, and so forth. 4) Urge employees to become more involved in their jobs by enhancing their skills and empowering them to make more decisions. 5) Fight workplace stress. Help your workhorses deal constructively with the stress in their lives. 6) Create reward programs that connect to your company’s objectives. Make sure your employees understand what those objectives are, and how they can contribute. 7) Support the establishment of self-directed work teams. It can take a long time, but in the long run, it will be better for all parties when they make their own decisions. 8) Promote employees based on their abilities. Don’t hold back talented workers because they haven’t “paid their dues.” Let them rise to the top as soon as they’re ready.
Top-8 Management Challenges For 2001
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YOUTH SPORTS HITS A BIG LEAGUE HOME RUN FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION
law -- and we do mean the end! Please take a moment to send a note of thanks to Senator Stevens! The Honorable Ted Stevens United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 202-224-3004 and/or train PE staff, and support other initiatives designed to enable students to participate in physical education activities. As soon as the U.S. Department of Education develops appropriate guidelines, local educational agencies will be able to submit an application for physical education funding, as well as details on how the educational agency plans to make progress toward meeting the PEP program's physical education goals.
tep up to the plate and give kudos to our team leader Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) for his untiring efforts for the passage of PEP! Special thanks should also be sent to Tom Cove, VP of the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) for keeping the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) with the up-to-date information for the youth sports community to rally a grassroots mobilization effort! Congratulations and thank you to the unbelievably dedicated NCYS membership for your all-out grassroots campaign with phone calls, letters, faxes, emails, personal visits to secure support of PEP! This is a huge win for youth sports! The youth sports community has really risen to the occasion to advocate the important legislative issues for our industry and the hard work is paying off with big rewards! Below is a brief description from the American Heart Association with a summary of events leading to the passage. It was a long battle, but we persevered and were rewarded in the end. As most of you know, it looked as if we were not to be successful this year, and we believe it is a testament to our issue and our collective efforts that PEP was included in the final piece of legislation approved by the Congress.
On December 15, 2000, the United States Congress approved a mammoth omnibusspending bill, which included fiscal year 2001 funding for the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Labor, Treasury, the Postal Service, and the entire Legislative Branch of the federal government. Included in the bill was a $5 million appropriation for the Physical Education for Progress (PEP) Act, originally introduced by Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and actively supported by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association and the National Council of Youth Sports. The Physical Education for Progress Act is now an authorized program of Title X of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Under the PEP program, the Secretary of Education is authorized to award grants to help initiate, expand, and improve physical education programs for kindergarten through grade 12 students.
What is Physical Education for Progress (PEP) Act?
Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) introduced the PEP Act that authorizes $400 million over a five-year period for grants to local educational agencies for physical education programs. These grants can be used to provide physical education equipment and support to students, to enhance physical education curricula and to train and educate physical education teachers.
Why is PEP important to children?
How Much Money And When Do We Get It?
The legislation guarantees $5 million to be spent this year, as soon as the Department of Education can formalize the procedures of the program (criteria for selection, process of application, etc.). Most importantly, the PEP bill authorizes $370 million for years 2002-2005. This means we do not have to deal with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and its congressional oversight committees in the future, we need only to work with the congressional appropriations committees to fund our authorized programs. This is a far less daunting task than getting the bill passed, however, and it is clearly an advantage that the bill’s author, Senator Stevens is the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. None of this could have happened without the leadership of PE's best friend in Congress, Senator Ted Stevens who worked to the end to ensure PEP became
Two disturbing facts: the percentage of overweight young people has more than doubled in the last 30 years and 25% participate in any type of daily physical activity. Physical education instruction provides children with the skills and knowledge they need to adopt active lifestyles and positive achievement.
THE NCYS PEP RALLY
Proponents realize that the PEP bill, by itself, won’t restore physical education in public schools – our organized youth sports feeder programs – but do point out that it could go a long way to raising awareness of the issue by publicizing quality programs. Meanwhile, then NCYS membership will continue to rally support, and build a long-term campaign. Additionally, the NCYS will take its message to the new Capitol Hill advocating the vital impact organized youth sports makes on our society through supervised after-school activities, healthy bodies, respectful characterbuilding, and more. You can count on more hard work in the future to boost PEP funding next year. Funds can be used to purchase equipment, develop curriculum, hire
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SATURDAY, May 5, 2001
7:30am-8:30am 8:30am -9:50am
THURSDAY, May 3, 2001
All day 9:00am-2:00pm 2:00pm-2:45pm 2:55pm-3:20pm 3:30pm-5:00pm 5:00pm
Attendees Arrivals to Tropical Paradise Registration Opening Session: Business Meeting, Election Keynote Address Training: "Can a Non-Profit Organization Be Run Like a Corporate Business" Welcome Reception
Breakfast at Coconuts Training: “How You Can Directly Benefit From Recent Congressional “Wins” For Youth Sports” 10:00am-12:30pm Training: Town Hall Meeting "Sports Rage: Growing Trend or Media Hype" High level/celebrity panel 12:30pm-2:00pm Luncheon with Speaker 2:00pm-3:00pm Training: Follow-up from Town Hall Meeting 3:00pm-4:00pm Training: NCYS Local Chapters Roll-out Evening On Your Own - SunFest via watertaxi
FRIDAY, May 4, 2001
8:00am 7:30am-8:30am 8:30am-10:45am
Registration Breakfast at Coconuts Training: "Is Youth Sport Our Own Worst Enemy" High level interactive panel 11:00am-12:30pm Training: "Teaching Volunteer Leaders to Step Up to the Plate" 12:30pm-1:30pm Survivor Beach Bag Lunch 1:30pm-4:00pm Training: Leadership "Survivor" Team Challenge 1:00pm-5:00pm Trade Show Set-up 6:00pm-9:30pm Trade Show & Reception/Dinner
SUNDAY, May 6, 2001
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