Initiatives

Encourage Sports Sampling

The Why

Parents and young athletes today are bombarded with the message that high doses of one sport at an early age is the only pathway to athletic stardom.

This narrative demands that children choose only one sport, characterized by high levels of deliberate and focused practice (rather than play), and often focus on performance at ages as early as six years old. However, early sport specialization puts kids at risk of higher rates of injury and increased psychological stress, even causing them to prematurely “retire” from sports at a young age. Sport sampling mitigates those risks and helps kids stay active longer.

Benefits of sampling a variety of sports

More athletes, better athletes

More options mean more kids will find a sport they like

Reach elite status with fewer hours of focused training

Increased transfer of motor, psychological skills to other sports

Better pattern recognition and decision-making

Play sports longer throughout life

(Data: University of Florida Sport Policy & Research Collaborative)

What We Are Doing

Project Play WNY works to convene and fund organizations that offer different sports to provide their kids with a chance to try them. In an age of early specialization where families chase mastery of a single sport for a chance at a college scholarship, Sport Sampling provides kids the opportunity to: find a sport they love, build different skill sets,and keep the joy of play!

Contact us

If you are a youth sports organization interested in collaborative work to facilitate programming for sports sampling, please email inquiries to ProjectPlayWNY@CFGB.org.

Our Initiatives

Contact Us

If you are a youth sports organization interested in collaborative work to facilitate programming for sports sampling, please contact us.

Reducing Injury

A study by the University of Connecticut found exposing children to a variety of sports promotes “physical literacy” and helps them develop better movement skills and long-term physical activity