Presentation title: Winning Messages? The Child’s Perception of Adult-to-Child Communication in Youth Athletics
Faculty member's name: Dr. Joe Ross
Faculty contact information: Jross2@sjcny.edu / 845.270.8430
Description of presentation: What messages do parents and coaches believe
that they are SENDING to children in the context of youth athletics?
What messages do children report that they are RECEIVING… and how
closely do these perceptions match? Of greatest import, what is the
impact of such messages on the self-concept and overall well being of
the child/athlete? The speaker utilizes interviews with participants,
observations of youth leagues, and review of past research in offering a
discussion/presentation on this important topic.
Intended audience: Replete with stories and anecdotes, this topic may
be presented in a light yet meaningful manner to a “general” audience of
families, players, and coaches (e.g., a CYO breakfast or a Little
League dinner). It has also been adapted and delivered to more targeted
audiences of youth league coaches and league directors, with specific
emphasis on the impact of messages – both intended and unintended – on
the well being of the child.
Hard/software needs: None