New Directions for Youth Development: Sports-Based Youth Development, No. 115, Fall 2007

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Edited by Daniel F. Perkins, Suzanne Le Menestral
123 pages. $29.

For the 40 million U.S. youth between ages 5 and 17 who participate in organized sports, this periodical shifts the emphasis from winning to youth development. Seven chapters on current research and practices start with the editors’ “Overview of How Sports, Out-of-School Time, and Youth Well-Being Can and Do Intersect.” The chapter on “Cooperation vs. Competition” emphasizes cooperative skills and achievement motivation. Another chapter examines four programs for at-risk youth: Harlem RBI uses baseball and softball to help participants recognize their potential; Tenacity uses tennis to improve middle schoolers’ academics and fitness; Snowsports Outreach Society brings the experience of snow to city youth; and Hoops & Leaders Basketball Camp features mentoring and youth leadership. The effort to infuse youth development principles into youth sports gets a leg up with this compilation. (800) 956-7739,