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Alan L. Smith, Karl Erickson and Leapetswe Malete

enhancement, life-skill development, and other topics are of great practical importance and scholarly value. Note that we must be mindful that the youth sport context is always evolving with respect to its economic footprint, accessibility, perceived social importance, and so forth—as society changes so do

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Scott Rathwell and Bradley W. Young

direct teaching of life skills (e.g., teaching goal setting), or indirectly by delegating the task of teaching life skills to their support staff, encouraging athlete attendance in university-offered programs, and placing athletes in leadership positions where they could learn important life skills

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Maureen R. Weiss

highlighting PYD (see Weiss, 2019 ). As such, they are exemplars for translating evidence-based motivation principles to guide their mission statements, life-skills curricula, and coach training to achieve desired goals ( Weiss, 2016 , 2019 ). As implied by their program names, Girls on the Run uses

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Paul A. Sellars, Stephen D. Mellalieu and Camilla J. Knight

through the development of players’ life skills. Life-skills training adds to athletes’ coping resources in transitions and is suggested to support other future demands ( Stambulova, 2012 ). Specifically, Gould and Carson ( 2008 ) suggested a life-skills set for young athletes that included time and

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Philippe Crisp

-olds from deprived communities to avoid criminal activities and substance misuse. This collective evidence then seems to indicate that sport and physical activity can contribute to a wide range of social policy areas and directly influence the development of life skills, employment skills, and behavioral

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Alan L. Smith and Daniel Gould

delivery role. The ISYS remains heavily involved in research, conducting studies on important topics such as sport parenting (e.g.,  Lauer, Gould, Roman, & Pierce, 2010 ), sport specialization (e.g.,  Martin, Ewing, & Oregon, 2017 ), life-skills development in young athletes (e.g.,  Pierce, Gould, Cowburn

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Si Hui Regina Lim, Koon Teck Koh and Melvin Chan

psychosocial well-being (e.g., confidence, meaningful relationships), helps to realize sporting potential, and supports the acquisition of general life skills and values crucial for the attainment of PYD outcomes ( Bean, Kramers, Camiré, Fraser-Thomas, & Forneris, 2018 ; Holt, 2016 ; Koh, Camiré, Bloom

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Scott Pierce, Jedediah Blanton and Daniel Gould

context that should promote positive youth development for student-athletes ( Camiré, 2014 ; Martinek & Hellison, 2009 ). In particular, leadership has been identified as one of the most important life skills that young athletes should acquire and develop ( Gould, Chung, Smith, & White, 2006 ) to help

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Jens De Rycke, Veerle De Bosscher, Hiroaki Funahashi and Popi Sotiriadou

. social equality and inclusion, 2. collective identity and pride, 3. ethics and fair play, 4. feel good and passion, 5. fans and (media) attraction, 6. international prestige and image, 7. athletes’ ability and quality of life, 8. sport participation and life skills, 9. sponsors and commercial activity

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Kim Gammage, Rachel Arnold, Nicole Bolter, Lori Dithurbide, Karl Erickson, Blair Evans, Larkin Lamarche, Sean Locke, Eric Martin and Kathleen Wilson

youth. Furthermore, these programs do not automatically lead to improved psychosocial outcomes; rather, these benefits depend on the quality of the program. The Right to Play Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program helps youth develop life skills and become community leaders. The