What is YRA?
Year Round Athlete™ (YRA), offers web based instructional programs for young athletes through an engaging and entertaining interface that will allow kids to learn their desired sport.
The YRA online experience offers children 5 and up an entertaining place to interact with each other, coaches and the world in general. Besides teaching fundamentals, YRA focuses on developing the proper relationships between teacher and athlete. YRA also equips parents with the skills needed to practice with their young athlete.
American sports culture has increasingly become a money making business. The highly stressful, competitive, "win at all costs" attitude prevalent at colleges, and with professional athletes affects the world of children's sports and athletics; creating an unhealthy environment. It is important to remember that the attitudes and behaviors taught to children in sports carry over to adult life. We believe that parents should take an active role in helping their child develop good sportsmanship. Our goal is to assist them.
YRA as a Positive Influence
YRA believes in teaching young athletes respect for themselves, their family, and team. We believe in making athletics an affirming experience where kids will develop good habits and work ethics that translate to real life. For example:
- Female high school athletes are 92% less likely to get involved in drugs
- female high school athletes are 80% less likely to get pregnant
- female high school athletes are 3 times more likely to graduate than non-athletes
Sportsmanship and citizenship is the foundation of our teaching philosophy. The number of children involved in youth sports has risen significantly over the last 10-20 years. There are an estimated 35 million American kids playing competitive youth sports.
Source: Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission, Athletic Footwear association, USA Today Survey, Michigan State. Date Verified 9.10.2013
We are estimating that 70% of that number, or roughly 24 million, participate in the most popular sports. Our primary target market includes 5-15 year old participants, also included is 15 and up, their parents, and coaches in the following sports:
Learn how to Support your young Athlete
Sports help children develop physical skills, get exercise, make friends, have fun, learn to play as a member of a team, learn to play fair, and improve self-esteem. Parents need to:
- Attend some games and talk about them afterward,
- Have realistic expectations for your child,
- Learn about the sport and supporting your child's involvement,
- Help your child talk with you about their experiences with the coach and other team members,
- Help your child handle disappointments and losing,
- Model respectful spectator behavior