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Canadian Sport for Life - Tips for Parents

Designed properly, children’s sport can be fun. It can also provide exciting challenges and rich skill development.

If we make it fun, challenging and instructive, we can expect two results:
• More of our children will stay physically active throughout their lifetime.
• More of our children will reach the top ranks of amateur and professional competition if they choose the path for elite training.

Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) is a movement to make sport and activity better and more fun for our kids. The goal of CS4L is to focus on the best interests of kids.  A major component of CS4L is Physical Literacy.

Physical literacy is the combination of mastering fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills. Most skills require a series of developmental stages. If a stage is missed, development can be negatively affected. 

For children to have success in sport – either for recreation or competition – it is important they master movement skills before sport skills, and fundamental sport skills before specific techniques.  Follow this link for full page about physical literacy including a fundamental movement skill chart parent checklist at the bottom of the page.

Quality Sport Camps

What should I look for before registering my child for a sport day camp?

How will I know if the camp is good for my child’s development?

Dean Kriiellaars, PhD, CEP is an exercise physiologist that works in rehabilitation, and high performance sport at the University of Manitoba.  Kriiellars  explains the benefits of physical literacy and what you should look for in a summer camp for kids aged 5-8 years old.

Kriiellaars talks about sports camps for kids aged 8-12 years old

Quality Sport Camp Checklist

With the summer season upon us, there are number of questions and things you should be looking for in a quality sport day camp.  Print off this checklist to help you pick quality sport camp for your kids.

If the sport camp does these things, your child is on a good path to being physically literate. For more information on quality sport for children go to 

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