Paul Wright

Paul Wright is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at Northern Illinois Univeristy. He is a Fulbright Scholar and internationally recognized expert on positive youth development through physical activity.

Adult Roles in Youth Sports

Mar 5, 2015

Unfortunately, we’ve gotten used to hearing about scandals in the world of professional sport, but recently professional scandals took a backseat to one from Little League Baseball.

I’m not going to focus on the Chicago story or the boys on that team who did nothing wrong. I want to talk about what I expect from the adults who run youth sport programs.

A lot of problems in youth sport start with adults modeling it after professional sport. In some programs, the competition is too intense, the training is too intense, and even the fans are too intense.