Youth Sports started a new initiative in fall of 2013. Positive Play Project encourages youth development and wellness in sports. City of Mesa Youth Sports has partnered with several local organizations to provide high quality trainings, resources and outreach in areas including positive coaching, concussion awareness, injury prevention, equipment and safety gear access, hydration, nutrition, financial assistance and scholarships.
Partners include Positive Coaching Alliance, A.T. Still University, NextCare, National Alliance for Youth Sports and NRPA's Commit to Health.
Positive Play Project is an active guide and support tool for all Youth Sports coaches, parents/guardians, participants and staff. The safety and well-being of participants is our number one priority. Please familiarize yourself with the educational material.
Great sportsmanship is something that Youth Sports hopes to instill in all of our participants, parents/guardians, coaches, staff, and spectators. Sportsmanship is a key virtue that can help youth in not only sports, but in school and life as well. We are all here for the kids to have fun and should make sure our emotions and desire to win do not impede on their right to have a happy and positive playing environment.
According to the National Alliance of Youth Sports, 70% of kids quit playing youth sports by the time they are 13 because it isn’t fun anymore. Youth Sports wants to change that, but we can’t do it alone. We ask everyone, including participants, parents/guardians, coaches, staff, and spectators to play an active role in keeping the game fun and demonstrate great examples of sportsmanship.
Please review the following sportsmanship information for Youth Sports’ aspirations in our programs.
As part of the Positive Play Project, Youth Sports hands out two awards per league division each season as a way of recognizing and thanking our positive coaches and teams.
Positive Coaching Award
- The Positive Coaching Award is given to one coach in each division of our leagues that demonstrates the qualities most important to Youth Sports and the Positive Play Project. Players, coaches, parents/guardians and staff vote for the coach in their league that they feel deserves this special acknowledgment. The recipient of the Positive Coaching Award receives recognition and a plaque.
Positive Team Award
- The Positive Team Award is given to a team in each division of our leagues that demonstrates the qualities most important to Youth Sports and the Positive Play Project. Players, coaches, parents/guardians and staff vote for the team in their league that they feel deserves this special acknowledgment. The recipients of the Positive Team Award receive recognition and a medal.
|Trained Staff and Coaches|
All programs have trained staff on site to supervise, instruct, and officiate. These staff members have experience and knowledge in the sport which is enhanced by training provided by Youth Sports including working with youth, safety precautions, and emergency procedures.
All volunteer coaches are required go through the Positive Play Project training once a year. This training includes Positive Coaching Alliance, sports safety (concussions and injury prevention) as well as nutrition and hydration to help ensure safe and effective coaching. Coaches are also required to attend the mandatory league meeting prior to the start of the season.
|First Aid, CPR, and AED|
All programs have a First Aid kit and a certified staff on site in case of emergency. All programs also have an AED and a certified staff in CPR and AED on site in case of emergency. All volunteer coaches in our leagues are provided with a First Aid kit to have at practices and games.
Please review the following information on concussions.
Youth Sports follows the recommendations and guidelines on concussions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as AT Still University. Concussions can occur in any sport; therefore, all parents/guardians and volunteer coaches need to know concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs. All volunteer coaches are encouraged to watch the online training to learn more.
Please review the following information on concussions:
|Injuries and Prevention|
Youth Sports follows the recommendations and guidelines on injuries from AT Still University. Injuries can occur in any sport; therefore, all parents/guardians and volunteer coaches need to know signs and symptoms and what to do if an injury occurs.
Please review the following information on injuries and prevention:
- Athletic Injury Prevention for Parents [PDF]
- External Heat Illness for Parents [PDF]
- Stretching for Parents [PDF]
|Nutrition and Hydration|
Youth Sports follows the recommendations and guidelines on hydration and nutrition from AT Still University and NRPA's HEPA Standards for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity. All participants should bring plenty of water with them to all sports programs in order to stay hydrated. We ask that snacks provided to participants/teams after practices and games are healthy. Great examples of healthy snacks are fruit, cereal bars, trail mix, nuts, and sandwiches. Please not to bring doughnuts, cookies, chips, pop, sugary drinks, etc. as we want to promote healthy wellness of young athletes.
Please review the following information on nutrition and hydration:
- Post-Game Snack Ideas [PDF]
- The Facts About Food Labels [PDF]
- Healthy Shopping on a Budget [PDF]
- Nutrition Guide for Kids [PDF]
- Hydration [PDF]
- Young Athletes-Meals Before and After the Game [PDF]
- Dehydration [PDF]
- HEPA Sandards [PDF]
- 5 Ways Water Wins [PDF]
- Healthy Fuel for Healthy Athletes [PDF]
- 3 Plays for a Healthy Team [PDF]
- NRPA's Commit To Health
- Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Youth Ambassadors-NEW PROGRAM for 5th-6th Graders!
City of Mesa Youth Sports received a grant from the National Recreation and Parks Association to start this amazing program. The Commit to Health and Youth Ambassador programs are NRPA’s campaign that supports the implementation and evaluation of Healthy Eating Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in park and recreation sites across the country as well as engaging youth as health and wellness leaders in their communities. City of Mesa Youth Sports joined the national movement to improve access to healthy foods, increase opportunities for physical activity, and a connect kids to our natural environments. In order to make sure our new initiative fits the needs of the kids, the program is built from the ground up by the kids and they decide the direction it takes.
Youth Ambassador (YA!) Details:
- Commit to at least one year or participation
- Attend monthly meetings
- Volunteer at monthly outreach and community events as well as youth sports programs
- Educate and influence peers, parents and the community on health and wellness in youth sports and daily life
- Help plan and implement the program’s actions, goals and activities
- Build lifelong skills and be recognized as a leader amongst their peers
- Earn incentives and merit pins for participation and contributions