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Free Educational Resources

The Free Educational Resources is an electronic tool kit designed to provide youth sports stakeholders with information, products and services for the best and most current resources and to assist our "Child Development through Youth Sports"approach. Most of these resources are free and a few involve fees – please choose carefully and select those that best serve your organization.

 

 

Youth Coaching/Athlete/Parenting Programs

  • Responsible Sports
    www.responsiblesports.com
    Liberty Mutual’s Responsible Sports website supports volunteer youth sport coaches and parents who help our children succeed both on and off the field. This free website was developed with the Positive Coaching Alliance and has a remarkable array of tools, including coaching and sport parent education, season evaluation, coaching awards, community grants, media library and much more.  


Safety/Injury Prevention/Emergency Care

  • Minnesota Department of Health -- Asthma Training for Coaches Online Course
    www.health.state.mn.us/asthma/documents/training.pdf
    This site offers tips on what coaches, athletic directors, PE staff and athletic trainers need to know about
    asthma and their players.
  • Center for Disease Control -- Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports
    www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/youth.html
    To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The Heads Up initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.
  • Mayo Clinic -- Dehydration and Youth Sports: Curb the Risk
    www.mayoclinic.com/health/dehydration/SM00037
    The Mayo Clinic staff explain that children don't adapt as well as adults do to exercise in hot, humid weather. They produce more heat, sweat less and may be less likely to drink enough fluids during exercise — all of which increase the risk of dehydration. Understand how heat-related problems happen and know how to prevent them.
  • America College of Sports Medicine Reach Website
    http://orthosurg.ucsf.edu/sports/reach/index.php?/ctlr_article/search
    The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently launched their ACSM REACH website to help parents, coaches, health care providers, educators and others find credible, expert-reviewed information on youth sport and health.
  • Sports Safety
    www.sportssafety.org
    The website promotes the importance of injury prevention and safety on all levels of youth sports through education and research. The NCSS focuses on decreasing the number and/or severity of injuries through developing and teaching sports safetycourses and collecting, analyzing and researching injury data. 
        

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Sports Parenting

  • Responsible Sports
    www.responsiblesports.com
    Liberty Mutual’s Responsible Sports website supports volunteer youth sport coaches and parents who help our children succeed both on and off the field. This free website was developed with the Positive Coaching Alliance and has a remarkable array of tools, including coaching and sport parent education, season evaluation, coaching awards, community grants, media library and much more.  
  • Moms Team
    www.momsteam.com
    This website provides “youth sports parenting information for sports moms.”
  • Youth Sports
    www.youth-sports.com
    Website offers helpful information, advice and instructional products that will help you the parents, coaches and children, involved in youth sports.

Sportsmanship/Character Education/Inspiration

  • Sports Alliance of Minnesota (SAM)
    www.sportsalliancemn.org
    The Sports Alliance of Minnesota (SAM) believes that parents, coaches, players, administrators, game officials and spectators are all responsible for developing good sportsmanship in youth sports.  The creation of a positive sports environment begins with active participation of all stakeholders -- who need to work in unison to build a positive sports environment.  SAM has created sportsmanship posters that can be accessed by clicking on the links below:
    Poster 1
    Poster 2
    Poster 3
  • Sports Feel Good Stories
    www.sportsfeelgoodstories.com
    Sports feel good stories are offered to entertain and inspire, with the hope that readers share some of these stories with others. 
    Opportunities include:
    • Coaches sharing with players. Smart professional and volunteer coaches alike are always on the lookout for ways to motivate their teams. What better way to emphasize the importance of sportsmanship than by sharing the Sara Tucholsky softball story?
    • Business leaders sharing with their teams. Managers of people are frequently put in a position of trying to inspire a large group of people. PowerPoint presentations and numeric goals will take you so far, but sometimes a well-told story will do more to capture people’s attention and hearts.
    • Teachers sharing with students. Make your message come alive with a powerful story. A well-told story that is heard by the audience at the right time can have a lasting impact.
    • Parents sharing with sons and daughters. One of the great things that sports provide is the opportunity to learn some life lessons like the value of hard work, the importance of taking some risks, and the power and magic of teamwork. This collection of stories provides some great life lessons.
    • Friends sharing with friends. Everyone loves to discover a great story.

Steroid, Alcohol, Drug & Tobacco Prevention Programs

  • Mayo Clinic -- Performance-enhancing Drugs and Teen Athletes
    www.mayoclinic.com/health/performance-enhancing-drugs/SM00045
    Performance-enhanching drugs can be tempting to teen athletes. Understand the warning signs and what you can do.
  • Centers for Disease Control
    www.cdc.gov/tobacco
    The website provides alcohol, drug and tobacco prevention information, including a Tobacco-Free Sports page.
  • Partnership for a Drug-Free America
    www.drugfree.org
    The website has information for parents and teens about alcohol and drug use.
  • Tobacco-Free Youth Recreation
    www.tobaccofreeparks.org
    Minnesota's statewide program promoting tobacco-free sports. The website provides model policies, tip sheets, and other materials.
  • National Spit Tobacco Education Program
    www.nstep.org
    This site provides information about the dangers of spit tobacco use, with particular references to sports.
  • Minnesota Institute of Public Health
    www.miph.org
    The website contains links to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs' prevention materials and information.

Nutrition

  • Centers for Disease Control
    www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa
    The Centers for Disease Control site contains a wide variety of information on nutrition and healthy eating.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
    www.fns.usda.gov/eatsmartplayhard/default.htm
    The "Eat Smart, Play Hard" program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture encourages youth to eat healthy and exercise.

 

Youth Exercise & Fitness

  • Mayo Clinic -- Children and Sports: Choices for all Ages
    www.mayoclinic.com/health/fitness/SM00057
    Childrens' sports promote fitness and prevent obesity, but one size doesn't fit all. Help your child find the right sport and venue — youth sports association, school, recreation center or backyard.
  • Kids Sports Network
    www.ksnusa.org
    This website promotes non-school sports and fitness for children between the ages of 3 and 19 through the education of coaches, parents and administrators; special events activities; public awareness and regular networking with youth sports organizations and agencies.
  • Mayo Clinic -- When Can a Child Begin Strength Training?
    www.mayoclinic.com/health/strength-training/HQ01010/NSECTIONGROUP=2
    When can a child begin strength training? During childhood, kids improve their body awareness, control and balance through active play. As early as age 8, however, strength training can become a valuable part of an overall fitness plan — as long as the child is mature enough to follow directions and practice proper technique and form.
  • Minnesota Department of Health
    www.health.state.mn.us/physicalactivity
    This site offers information and materials to promote physical activity.
  • National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
    www.ncpad.org
    This site provides information on participating in sports with a disability.
  • PE4LIFE
    www.pe4life.org
    PE4Life seeks to raise awareness about the physical inactivity levels of America's youth and the state of physical education across the nation.
  • President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
    www.fitness.gov
    This website is the health, physical activity, fitness and sports information website of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Youth Sports Done Right