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Aubrey Newland, Maria Newton, E. Whitney G. Moore and W. Eric Legg

A large body of research supports the association between sport participation and positive youth development (PYD). PYD refers to the cultivation of developmental experiences that enable youth to thrive and, ultimately, to develop into adults who will be contributors to society ( Holt & Neely, 2011

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Leisha Strachan, Tara-Leigh McHugh and Courtney Mason

in Canada participate in sport. Research in the area of positive youth development (PYD) claims that structured physical activities are critical for development ( Petitpas, Cornelius, Van Raalte, & Jones, 2005 ). In fact, 92% of Canadians believe that sport can be used as a platform to teach positive

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Fernando Santos, Daniel Gould and Leisha Strachan

Research on positive youth development (PYD) through sport has provided valuable insight on how youth sport coaches’ may facilitate positive developmental outcomes such as leadership, respect, and teamwork ( Lacroix, Camiré, & Trudel, 2008 ; Trottier & Robitaille, 2014 ). Several descriptive and

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Fernando Santos, Martin Camiré, Dany J. MacDonald, Henrique Campos, Manuel Conceição and Ana Silva

Positive youth development (PYD) represents a framework that is widely used within youth sport research ( Holt, 2016 ; Holt et al., 2017 ). As outlined by Damon ( 2004 ), the PYD perspective “…begins with a vision of a fully able child eager to explore the world, gain competence, and acquire the

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Si Hui Regina Lim, Koon Teck Koh and Melvin Chan

Active engagement in youth sport is among the most widely used approaches to promote Positive Youth Development (PYD) (e.g.,  Fraser-Thomas, Côté, & Deakin, 2005 ; Holt, 2016 ). Studies have shown that sport participation, especially during formative years, influences the development of overall

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Al Petitpas, Judy Van Raalte and Ted France

Positive youth development (PYD) programs assist youth in acquiring the skills, attitudes, and values that are critical in coping with various risk factors in their communities. The purpose of this paper is to highlight strategies that sport psychology consultants can use to support PYD programs and develop collaboration and consistency of delivery among community youth serving agencies that use sport and physical activity-based experiences to promote positive youth development. In particular, the role of sport psychology consultants within sport and physical activity programs that serve as a catalyst for community youth development (CYD) is examined. Barriers to collaboration among community-based organizations are identified and strategies to overcome these obstacles are proposed. Sport psychology consultants are in a unique position to support PYD and CYD in the athletes and communities they serve.

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Martin Camiré, Tanya Forneris and Pierre Trudel

Coaching for positive youth development (PYD) in the context of high school sport is a complex process given that many factors influence this environment. The purpose of this study was to explore the ability of high school coaches to facilitate PYD from the perspective of administrators, coaches, and athletes. Although stakeholders in general perceive coaches as having the ability to facilitate PYD, scores for coaches were higher than athletes and administrators and scores for athletes were higher than administrators. Furthermore, coaches who participated in coach education perceived themselves as having a greater ability to facilitate PYD compared to coaches with no coach education.

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Shaina Riciputi, Meghan H. McDonough and Sarah Ullrich-French

Physical activity–based positive youth development (PYD) programs often aim to foster character development. This study examined youth perspectives of character development curricula and the impact these activities have on their lives within and beyond the program. This case study examined youth from low-income families in a physical activity–based summer PYD program that integrated one character concept (respect, caring, responsibility, trust) in each of 4 weeks. Participants (N = 24) included a cross section of age, gender, ethnicity, and past program experience. Semi-structured interviews were analyzed using inductive thematic analysis and constant comparative methods. Thirteen themes were grouped in four categories: building highquality reciprocal relationships; intrapersonal improvement; moral reasoning and understanding; and rejection, resistance, and compliance. The findings provide participant-centered guidance for understanding youth personal and social development through physical activity in ways that are meaningful to participants, which is particularly needed for youth in low-income communities with limited youth programming.

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Fernando Santos, Martin Camiré, Dany J. MacDonald, Henrique Campos, Manuel Conceição and Patricia Silva

Positive youth development (PYD) is a framework that has been widely used within sport research to outline sport’s potential as a developmental context. Past research has indicated how coaches play important roles in facilitating PYD through sport and yet, PYD-related material remains largely absent from mainstream coach education courses (CEC). The purpose of the current study was to examine youth sport coaches’ perspective on PYD and its worth in mainstream coach education courses. The participants were twelve Portuguese youth field hockey coaches (one female and eleven males) who coached athletes between four and eighteen years of age. Findings indicated that coaches valued PYD within their coaching philosophy, but were also highly motivated by performance and improving their players’ motor skills. The participants deemed that CEC generally lack PYD-related material, adding that practical strategies informed by the PYD approach should be inherently part of CEC delivery. The findings have practical implications for coach educators, indicating a need and a desire on the part of coaches to have PYD-related content in mainstream CEC.

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Cassidy Preston and Jessica Fraser-Thomas

( Fraser-Thomas & Strachan, 2015 ; Fraser-Thomas et al., 2017 ). The purpose of this study was to explore my (first author) coaching experiences aiming to facilitate personal development and performance success in a Canadian elite minor hockey context using a positive-youth-development (PYD) approach. PYD