“How Can My Kid Become the Star?”

As parents and coaches strive to create elite athletes at younger and younger ages, what are the physical and mental costs? Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) explores this issue in a new documentary, Going, Going, Gone…, which premiered on Friday, November 22, 2013 on CPTV.

“Gone are the days of playing sports just for the fun of it,” said CPTV Executive Producer Jennifer Boyd, producer, director and writer of the film. “Thus, the name of the documentary and the reason why I wanted to explore the topic. Seasonal sports have now become year-round sports, with more and more kids participating in travel leagues and town leagues, and more parents hiring private coaches to work with their children. There are pros and cons to this relatively recent phenomenon of specialization at young ages, which we address in the documentary.” Listen to this CPTVSports podcast interview with CPTV producer Jennifer Boyd.  (more…)

Share Your Thoughts About the State of Youth Sports in Connecticut

Let’s talk. We’re interested in your response to the information and personal stories presented in the CPTV original documentary Going, Going Gone …

How do you look at the positive and negative aspects of this changing, highly competitive culture? What have you or your family members experienced?  How  - as parents, teachers and coaches, do we find a better balance for our kids?

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Korey Stringer Institute, University of Connecticut

The mission of the Korey Stringer Institute is to provide first-rate information, resources, assistance, and advocacy for the promotion of prevention of sudden death in sport via health and safety initiatives. The Korey Stringer Institute is housed in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. UConn’s Department of Kinesiology has a strong tradition and reputation as one of the leading institutions studying health and safety issues for athletes and the physically active. (more…)