Stage White: Active Start (Ages 0 to 6)

Level 1: Parenting

NOTE: This core module contains suggested educational readings on children in sport with advice for parents, coaches & teachers.

Areas to Cover Topics Suggestions / Examples / Resources Benchmark
Children in sport – an introduction
  1. Why is sport important to children?
  2. What does success mean to a child?
  3. Are children miniature adults?

Resource: Straight Talk about Children and Sport – Advice for Parents, Coaches and Teachers
by: Janet LeBlanc and Louise Dickson

Not required to be measured at this level but recommended that parents and children be exposed to content.

Sport participation
  1. Is competitive sport too stressful for children?
  2. Should young children be involved in off-season training?
  3. When is it appropriate to adapt sport for children?
  4. Should children with an underlying medical condition get involved in sport?

Resource: Straight Talk about Children and Sport – Advice for Parents, Coaches and Teachers
by: Janet LeBlanc and Louise Dickson

Not required to be measured at this level but recommended that parents and children be exposed to content.

How children grow and develop
  1. How do children grow and develop?
  2. What are the nutritional requirements of young athletes?
  3. How much water should children drink during exercise?
  4. Are children more prone to heat and cold stress than adults?

Resource: Straight Talk about Children and Sport – Advice for Parents, Coaches and Teachers
by: Janet LeBlanc and Louise Dickson

Not required to be measured at this level but recommended that parents and children be exposed to content.

The mind of a child
  1. How do children think and learn?
  2. How do children interact with others?

Resource: Straight Talk about Children and Sport – Advice for Parents, Coaches and Teachers
by: Janet LeBlanc and Louise Dickson

Not required to be measured at this level but recommended that parents and children be exposed to content.

Sports injuries in young children
  1. How can parents and coaches prevent injuries?
  2. What is an effective warm-up and cool-down?

Resource: Straight Talk about Children and Sport – Advice for Parents, Coaches and Teachers
by: Janet LeBlanc and Louise Dickson

Not required to be measured at this level but recommended that parents and children be exposed to content.

The role of parents and instructors
  1. What can be done if a parent misbehaves?
  2. What can be done if an instructor misbehaves?
  3. What instructors should be certified?
  4. What is a competent instructor?
  5. What questions should parents ask when registering children for a sports program?
  6. What should parents watch for during a game or practice?
  7. Is there too much adult domination in children’s sport?

Resource: Straight Talk about Children and Sport – Advice for Parents, Coaches and Teachers
by: Janet LeBlanc and Louise Dickson

Not required to be measured at this level but recommended that parents and children be exposed to content.