Developing Executive Functions and Social Emotional Learning through Sport

This blog was adapted from a SIRCuit article written by Dr. Vicki Harber. For the full article, click here . Within Canada, there is some concern that an ethos of “winning at all costs” has infiltrated youth sport, degrading the quality of the sport experience resulting in reduced participation (Brenner, 2016) and increased injury (Jayanthi et al., 2013). Building psychological, cognitive, social...Read more

Teaching life skills through sport

This blog is the second in a series by the authors on positive youth development in sport. Check out the first blog, Tips on how to deliver a quality youth sport program . Sport is often celebrated as a platform through which to develop life skills, such as communication, teamwork, and respect. Approaches to develop these skills fall into two categories: Implicit approaches - where the inherent...Read more

The Car Ride Home

Active for Life has declared the first week of October “ Parents in Sport Week .” Parents play an undeniably important role in the lives of young athletes – providing opportunities for participation, serving as role models, and helping athletes make sense of their sport experiences. The ways that parents engage with their children during the car ride home after games and practices has the...Read more

In Brief | BIO-BANDING AND DEVELOPMENTAL AGE

You’ve probably heard of the Relative Age Effect – the concept that when children are placed into groups such as school classes or sports based on their chronological age, those born early in the cohort may have physical or intellectual advantages compared to those born late, leading to selection for enriched opportunities that tend to compound the advantage. Research into sport shows relative...Read more

SIRC at the 2018 Sport for Life Canadian Summit

The Sport for Life (S4L) Summit will be taking place from January 23-25, 2018 at the Hilton Lac-Leamy hotel in Gatineau and brings together leaders to enhance the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. Sport for Life recognizes that quality sport and physical literacy offer rich benefits to Canadian society through improved health, stronger communities, higher sporting achievement, and...Read more

SIRC at the 2017 Sport for Life Canadian Summit

The Sport for Life (S4L) Canadian Summit will be taking place from January 24-26, 2017 at the Hilton Lac-Leamy hotel in Gatineau-Ottawa and brings together leaders to enhance the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. The 2017 Summit will feature more than 70 sessions from upwards of 100 presenters. The theme for this year’s summit revolves around “Nurturing Excellence” delivered...Read more

AN INCLUSIVE SPORT STRUCTURE FOR CHILDREN TARGETING PERFORMANCE, PARTICIPATION AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

SIRC is pleased to be working together with Sport Canada to share current research on topics informing policy and promoting quality sport programming. This week we are sharing highlights of a recent article examining AN INCLUSIVE SPORT STRUCTURE FOR CHILDREN TARGETING PERFORMANCE, PARTICIPATION AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT. Evidence-based policies for youth sport programmes . Côté, Jean; Hancock,...Read more

What I Wish I Knew Then – 5 Lessons Learned from a High Performance Athlete

Sport teaches us innumerable lessons. When I reflect on my own sporting journey, I cringe at some of the mis-steps I took as a younger athlete. This is not to say that today I’m past the point of making mistakes. Some of us are slow learners after all, and even those of us with years of experience under our belts can still get it wrong. Rather it is to highlight a few hard won lessons, offered as...Read more

IIHF U-20 World Junior Hockey Championship – Developing Talented Young Athletes

A holiday tradition is almost upon us, as the 2016 IIHF U-20 World Junior Hockey Championship (WJHC) will be held in Helsinki, Finland this coming December 26-January 5, 2016. The event has a long and illustrious history, as it was first officially held in 1977. Thanks to the success of hockey worldwide, the tournament has grown to feature 10 countries competing for gold, silver, and bronze. The...Read more

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN DEVELOPING ATHLETES.

SIRC is pleased to be working together with Sport Canada to share current research on topics informing policy and promoting quality sport programming. This week we are sharing highlights of a recent article examining COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN DEVELOPING ATHLETES . The influence of community on athletic development: an integrated case study. Balish, S., & Côté, J. (2014). Qualitative Research...Read more