STARTING & STAYING IN SPORT
Welcome! Whether your child is just starting out or has been participating for years, you've come to the right place!
Kids who have fun playing a sport are more likely to stay active and healthy for their entire lifetime. They also have a better chance of becoming a top athlete. So make it fun, and make it quality! ...read more
Getting Kids Started in Sport
Lets start with this resource: When is my child old enough for organized sports?
Scroll down this page and you'll find some resources to help you select quality sport programs. Once you have an understanding of what a good sport program contains, it's time to find one.
Sport Manitoba recognizes over 70 provincial sport organizations (PSOs). Each of them are autonomous organizations that run their own programs. Often PSOs are partnering with regional associations, clubs, leagues, etc. to deliver their sport in Manitoba.
Please find a drop down box below (and above) with links to each of our sport partners websites. You may need to allow/enable pop-ups from your web browser.
Staying in Sport
Our goal is keep Manitobans active and participating in Sport for Life. It's helpful to start with understanding why kids quit sports. Read the article here (and look around the site, there are lots of other great resources).
Financial resources can be found by following our links to our grants and our scholarships as well as KidSport. We also recommend talking to your sports' provincial sport organization (PSO) to see what financial resources they might be able to offer you.
Maximizing the Sport Experience for your Child
Sport Parent Guide Book
A Guide for Sport Parents is a resource handbook for parents of children participating in sport.
The guide is co-authored by University of Winnipeg sport psychologists Cal Botterill and Tom Patrick. It is designed to be a quick read and reference while addressing common issues to youth sports and the roles and responsibilities of parents in dealing with these issues.
A Guide for Sport Parents (English)
A Guide for Sport Parents (French)
A limited number of hard copies of A Guide for Sport Parents are available from Sport Manitoba upon request by calling 925-5600.
Looking for more resources, check out True Sport
Canadian Sport for Life
This document provides an overview of the LTAD model, describing each of the seven stages in easy-to-understand language. It gives solid and concrete advice on what parents can do to encourage their child’s current physical, and athletic development and suggests tips to help them assist their child as they move into the later stages of development. We encourage you to read the following document: LTAD for Parents
Active for Life
There’s a revolution going on in kids’ sport.
Research shows there’s a right way and a right time to develop the fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills that benefit kids for their whole lives. Just as important, we’ve learned that by making the process fun for kids, they will stay active and have greater chances to become top-level athletes.
Because kids who have fun being active are more likely to stay active for life.
Active Start DVD - Physical Activity for Children 0-6 years old
Interested in more Canadian Sport for Life...visit the website