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.
Going, Going, Gone… explores the changes taking place within the world of youth sports – changes that have left student athletes exposed to more pressure, more competition and more intense training than ever before. The film features interviews with doctors, coaches, researchers and educators, as well as student athletes themselves, as it looks at how these changes are affecting communities throughout Connecticut, from small towns like Ansonia, which boasts a renowned high school football team, to cities like Hartford, where students compete in the hopes of receiving athletic scholarships. (more…)
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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