parent and young athletes



Welcome!  Whether your child is just starting out in sport or has been participating for years, you've come to the right place! 

Keeping Kids Safe

Sport Manitoba believes in being proactive in ensuring sport in our province is safe and enjoyable so that all our participants remain Active for Life. 

Sport Injuries

Our newly opened Sport Medicine Centre now offers prevention and treatment services including a sport medicine physician, chiropractic services, physical therapy, massage therapy, nutrition, and sport psychology. The Sport Medicine Centre offers Functional Movement Screens that are a valuable tool to help reduce the risk of sport related injuries. The screen identifies physical imbalances, limitations, and weaknesses, as well as establishes a functional baseline to mark progress.  Read more...


Community sport needs to address the issue of child safety, specifically as it pertains to harassment and abuse. Coaches and parents/guardians need to work together to help keep our kids safe. Please take the time to read our suggestions.

Starting and Staying In Sport

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!  Find some tips and resources below

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 menu at the top of our website with links to each of our sport partners.

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) 

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). Want to keep your kids in sport? Start on the ride home. Watch and share this powerful video:

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.

Feature Resources

  • Maximizing the Sport Experience for your Child
  • True Sport
  • Canadian Sport for Life (The Sport for Life Society (S4L) is recognized as the global experts on the Sport for Life movement, Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD), and physical literacy development.)
  • LTAD for Parents (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.)

Find Quality Sport Programs

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