To restore healthy balance and perspective in youth sports through education and advocacy.
Sustainable growth and development: Long-term health is more important than short-term performance.
Versatility and diversity of experience: Early specialization often leads to burnout and identity problems. Versatility builds a broader base of strength and performance, and a healthier sense of self.
Belief that “success” in sports should be individually considered and defined: The benefits of sport go well beyond performance and competitive results.
Informed decision-making, thoughtful planning, and open communication: The quality of youth sports programs cannot be measured solely by win-loss records or the pace of skill development. Structure, approach, and methodology, which vary among programs, influence an athlete’s experience, growth, and overall well-being, and should be discussed, understood, and factored into parental decisions.
Strategic, individual development: Any well-considered, strategic, and long-term plan should take into consideration the fact that every athlete has individual goals and learns and develops differently.