“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.”  - Psychologist Jean Piaget

Saturday, October 29, 2022

This is what it’s all about! Youth sports are the backbone of communities, providing gathering opportunities to support and cheer young athletes and creating a sense of belonging. Play, which is the work of young people, will occur throughout most corners of the country in urban, suburban, and rural areas and on Native Lands. Today celebrates youth sports and the spirit of play…through youth sports!


Families: Tune into a special short with Simon & Marie from the SportsEngine For the Love of Sport podcast. They will share a two-minute overview of their new favorite sport – pickleball.

Organizations & Teams: Provide tips and tricks for learning new skills in your sport and share them with your members.


Families: Search SportsEngine.com to find local camps, clinics, or a new sport to try out in your area. Don’t wait! Sign up today!

Organizations & Teams: Share with your athletes a camp or clinic in your area that they can attend—or if it’s off-season, send out a message recommending a complimentary sport for them to keep their skills sharp.


Families: Get outside with your child or teen and play catch, go to the park or go for a bike ride. Share photos with them celebrating ‘play’ on social media with the hashtags #NationalYouthSportsWeek #PlayDay and tag @nbcsportsengine @youthsportsNCYS on Twitter and @NCYS on Facebook.

Clubs & Teams: Does your organization participate in a sport sampling day like Try Hockey for Free? Post photos from your last sport sampling day online and links to this year’s registration.


Encourage and incorporate into your league the idea of sport sampling and why no child should participate in a single sport for more than eight months of a year.