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Amy Perko: Keeping Youth Sports In Perspective

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Listen in as Positive Coaching Alliance goes 1-on-1 in interviews with top pro and college players, coaches, executives and other major sports figures who provide tips, tools, information and inspiration for youth and high school sports coaches, parents and student-athletes.

This 1-on-1 interview features Amy Perko, PCA National Advisory Board Member and Executive Director of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. A recognized leader in college sports issues, Perko received the NCAA’s prestigious Silver Anniversary Award in 2012, given to six former college athletes to recognize their civic and professional contributions.

Tina Syer (@tinaPCA), PCA’s Chief Impact Officer, talks to Perko on her progression through sports and her views of Intercollegiate Athletic issues of the day. Perko believes youth sports have become over-organized at a too-early age and that specialization and college prep is happening much too early. She says youth sports should emphasize participation, not over-commitment and stress. She urges parents to keep things in perspective, because you won’t remember wins or losses, but you will remember the fun and growth associated with youth sports. Here's where you'll find Perko talking about featured topics:

  • Coaching Own Child- 6:00

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