It’s About Time

And you know what? Ironically, we’re developing the perfect youth-sports model based on what we have learned from the mistakes made throughout the United States over the years.

We know what’s been done wrong. We’ve seen the programs that have lost focus as well as the out-of-control behaviors that demoralize kids. We know all the potential landmines that exist, and we’re steering clear of them. We have a clean canvas to work with and millions of children who await change in their lives. I know the direction this new office must take and what needs to be done; I’m confident you do, too. Hopefully, you’re doing it in youth programs every day.

Fred Engh is founder and CEO of the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) in West Palm Beach, Fla., which has been advocating positive and safe sports for children since 1981. He is also the author of Why Johnny Hates Sports, which is available on He can be reached via e-mail at

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