Effective Youth Sports Programs: Creating an Ideal Type Program Model to Reduce Risk




Thompson, Andrew

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to develop a model that identifies and describes the primary categories that should be included in a youth sports program. Second, the model will be used to gauge the CHASCO Family YMCA in Round Rock, TX. Lastly, recommendations for change to the model based on the results will be given. Methodology: The components of an effective youth sports program identified in the literature are used to construct the conceptual framework. A practical ideal type model assessment tool for youth sports programs is created from the framework. The assessment tool is used to gauge for the presence of an effective youth sports program at the CHASCO Family YMCA in Round Rock, TX. Document analysis and direct observation is used to perform the assessment. Results: The CHASCO Family YMCA youth sports department rating is lower than the internal rating system results that the CHASCO Family YMCA used. The literature identified some components that were used to gauge the YMCA that were not on any rating system the YMCA currently uses.


An Applied Research Project Submitted to the Department of Political Science, Texas State University-San Marcos, in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration, Spring 2011.


youth, sports, program, risk, volunteer administrativem, communication, Web 2.0, Public Administration


Thompson, A. (2011). Effective youth sports programs: Creating an ideal type program model to reduce risk. Masters of Public Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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