Youth Sports Conference March 17

Wednesday, March 08, 2006
SNHU Communications Office

Southern New Hampshire University will host “Youth Sports: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” the fourth annual Psychology and Education Issues in New Hampshire conference, on Friday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is open to the public and will take place in Robert Frost Hall’s Walker Auditorium; registration is required. Admission is free to all SNHU faculty, staff and students.

The conference will provide an opportunity for discussion and reflection on the current research, theory and practice in the fields of sports psychology, education and sport management and the application to youth sports.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Leonard Zaichkowsky, who will talk about “Kids in Sport and the Contributions of Sport to Psycho-Social Development.” Zaichkowsky, head of the sport and exercise psychology program at Boston University, is the author of six books, including “Growth & Development: The Child and Physical Activity” and “Medical and Psychological Aspects of Sport & Exercise.”

Breakout sessions:

Breakout Session 1 (9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.)

A. "Youth Sport’s Parents/Agents: The highs, the lows, the insiders, the outsiders"
Presented by Dr. Harry Umen, associate professor, SNHU Department of Communications

B. "Building Character Through Sportsmanship"
Presented by Dr. Doug Blais, SNHU Sport Management Department chair

C. "Soccer Moms and Soccer Dads/ Monster Moms and Monster Dads"
Presented by Dr. Frank Catano, SNHU visiting professor of psychology

Breakout Session 2 (10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.)

D. "The Other Side of Sport: Deviant and Risk Taking Behavior in Athletics"
Presented by Dr. Kim Bogle, sport management, SNHU

E. "Helping the Person, Helping the Performer"
Presented by Dr. Mary Ann Kane, psychologist, Exeter, N.H.

F."Productive and Unproductive Practices of Youth Athletic Coaches"
Presented by Joseph (Chip) Polack , SNHU athletic director, and Dr. Maurice Regan,
assistant professor, SNHU

Continuing education and professional development credits are available. The cost of the conference is $25. Please contact Dr. Betsy Gunzelmann at 603.668.2211, ext. 2207, or e-mail for information or to register.

Sponsors include Psi Chi of SNHU, the SNHU Psychology Student Association, the New Hampshire Department of Education, the New Hampshire Psychological Association, the Papoutsy Distinguished Chair in Ethics at SNHU, the SNHU Sports Management Club and the SNHU Sport Management Department.

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