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National Standards for Youth Sports: Parents’ Guide
The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) had officially launched the National Standards for Youth Sports (NSYS) on 9 November 2012. The NSYS aims to establish a set of standards in youth sports and provide a healthy, wholesome and encouraging environment for youth, 18 years and under, to reap the full benefits of sports participation. SSC believes every youth should be given the opportunity to have positive experiences in sports as it will lead towards a pathway for lifelong sports participation. The NSYS principles and standards are designed to address issues in sports such as abuse, favouritism, cheating and poor sportsmanship.
At a previous sharing session, we introduced NSYS to the NSAs, to encourage adoption of these standards and principles in your policies and guidelines. We also shared on the workshops available for coaches under the Continuing Coach Education (CCE) programme. Please find the NSYS Workshop schedule here.
Besides coaches and instructors, parents also play a crucial role in youth sports. They need to take on their parental responsibility in spending quality time with their child and guiding them along the right track through sports. It is essential for parents to be role-models and uphold cum impart the right values through sports. Feedback and behaviours parents display will determine how their child perceives his or her abilities and thus, impact on whether the child will continue doing sports.
An NSYS Parents’ Guide has been developed for the benefit of parents, and it highlights three roles that parents can take on:
a) playing sport with their child,