Tired of reading about all that is wrong in youth sports?
So am I! That’s why I am teaming up with TeamSnap this fall for a Make It Right Campaign. Our goal, for the next few months, will be to share with you stories of people who are doing what they can to Make It Right in youth sports.
Every day I read stories of youth sports dysfunction and I’m left wondering: How did we come to this? It’s no wonder parents are hesitant to let their kids play.
But here’s something you need to hear: there are lots of folks out there who are doing something to make it right in youth sports; we just don’t read about them much in newspapers or blogs.
In this Make It Right Campaign, I will be interviewing people involved in the youth sports world, folks that are friends of TeamSnap, my co-sponsor of this campaign, and asking them the very important question: What are you doing to make it right in youth sports?
The first person I am asking to answer that question is TeamSnap founder and CEO, Dave DuPont.
What is Dave DuPont is Doing to Make It Right in Youth Sports?
In 2009, Dave DuPont founded TeamSnap, a company that provides online organizational services and mobile applications for sports teams and activity-based groups.
But more importantly, Dave is a dad. He coached both of his kids in youth sports and it was actually when his son played lacrosse that he was inspired to start TeamSnap. Dave had an “aha” moment when he attended an organizational meeting and saw only dis-organization. He knew then that there had to be a better way to do coordinate extra-curricular activities.
Starting TeamSnap was Dave’s way of Making It Right in youth sports.
“If everyone is worried about where is the game or what time it is, they can’t focus on more important things like making sure practices are effective, making best use of everyone’s time, and developing kids’ skills.”
I think we all agree there’s a lot of things that cause friction in the world of youth sports between parents, coaches, and players. On many teams, clear communication and consistent organization could cut out some of that friction. So Dave DuPont’s way of making it right in youth sports is to cut down on as much of that friction as possible and allow parents, coaches, and players to focus on more important issues.
As one TeamSnap user told Dave, “You guys are actually selling happiness; if the team runs smoothly, and there’s much less time and energy devoted to communication and coordination, and if there’s no misunderstanding, it just removes the friction.”
What are You Doing to Make it Right?
Dave is just one of thousands who want to be a positive voice in a youth sports culture that desperately needs an overhaul. Helping teams communicate better and stay organized is his way of Making it Right.
How can you begin to Make it Right in your youth sports community?
If you are reading my blog, I know it’s because you want your child to have a good youth sports experience.
Are you ready to be part of the Positive Sports parenting tribe?
I invite you to join with me and with thousands of parents and coaches around the world who want to be a voice for positive change in youth sports!
We can make a difference if we each focus on our family, our team, our community.
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