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I have developed and expanded the article, and then he is no longer a stub. Remove the warning. --Charekept (talk) 07:04, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

Planned edits Fall 14[edit]

Hi, I am working on a project for a class, here are my proposed edits:

I think a more detailed, narrow focus would be helpful to clarify at the beginning of the article. All I took out of this article was a decent idea of what youth sports are and a slight idea of how it can develop youth. The article would benefit from going more in depth about the benefits youth athletics has on youth today and also the skills they learn and how they are useful throughout life. I want to focus on the benefits of global youth participation in sports and how it affects youth development. With this, I will touch on individual sports, team sports, and sports involving dance and their varying and similar affects on youth.

It is important that I compare and contrast access to and involvement in sports in the global north vs. the global south at the beginning of my article, with an emphasis on the global south throughout the rest of the article. Are there more youth in the global north who participate in sports or in the global south? What challenges do each face considering their location? These are all questions I want to explore and address in the article. In regards to the global south, I want to explore the difference, if any, in organized sport versus playing for fun.

There is some overlap with other article in Wikipedia and I plan to provide links to these other articles to guide readers to the related pages. Gender in sports is a topic I want to expand on in my article, examining whether or not as many girls are involved in youth sports as boys or if sports affect youth differently based on gender, specifically in the global south. Along with this, I want to include the types of sports girls are involved in in comparison to boys and how we can break the gender inequality that goes on in sports, which is discussed in the “Gender in Sports” article. Examples of all sports: individual, team, dance, and possibly even personal stories of athletes and how youth sports affect or have affected their lives in some way may be helpful to the reader in full understanding the topic. Again, another article citation I want to include in my revision is “Sport for Social Development” which can provide readers with information on specific global organizations for youth sport.

Marrosann (talk) 14:55, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

Plan to add section, History of Youth Athletics in Twentieth Century North America.[edit]

Hi, I am a university student working on a class project. I plan to create a section on the history of youth athletics in twentieth century North America as there is no information about the history of youth athletics. The article will outline youth athletics at the turn of the century. This will include a section about Muscular Christianity, the YMCA, and the rise of significance placed on sport and athleticism. Also, this article will look at youth athletics within the physical education system in schools. It will also look at organized youth sports and its rise to significance in twentieth century culture, and the role that girls had in youth sports.

The article will mostly examine childhood sports in America, but will also touch on sports in Canada. It will also discuss some of the changes to youth athletics in the Twentieth Century, but it will mostly focus on how youth sports rose to popularity in the early parts of the century. Below is a preliminary bibliography for possible sources that I will use. Any suggestions are welcome.


Bloom, John. To Show What an Indian Can Do, Volume 2: Sports at Native American Boarding Schools. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000.

Gagen, Elizabeth A. “Making America Flesh: Physicality and Nationhood in Early Twentieth-Century Physical Education.” Cultural Geographies, 11, 4 (October 2004): 417-442. Doi: 10.1191/1474474004eu321oa.

Garnham, Neal. “Both Praying and Playing: ‘Muscular Christianity’ and the YMCA in North-East County Durham.” Journal of Social History, 35, 2 (2001): 397-407. Doi: 10.1353/jsh.2001.0122.

Hargreaves, Jennifer. Sporting Females: Critical Issues in the History and Sociology of Women’s Sports. New York: Routledge, 1994. Doi: 10.4324/9780203221945

Seefeldt, Vern D., Ewing Martha E. “Youth Sports in America.” President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Research Digest, 11, 2 (September 1997): 1-14. http://

Westcoastbestcoast123 (talk) 09:46, 11 February 2016 (UTC)

  • @Westcoastbestcoast123: All sounds like a good idea to me. The role of the YMCA and proselytization around youth sport is an interesting theme I've come across before in my research when reading about the Far Eastern Championship Games (see further reading section on that article for more). Good luck on the project! SFB 21:04, 11 February 2016 (UTC)
Great work. I think this is on track and encourage you to keep looking for additional sources. Cliomania (talk) 20:06, 22 February 2016 (UTC)