“Beyond Winning: How to Keep What’s Great About Youth and Child Sports and Lose What’s Not” is the title of a talk planned by author Kim John Payne at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis.
The talk is sponsored by the Davis Waldorf School. A donation of $5 to $10 will be asked at the door. Spaces are limited; RSVP to 530-753-1651 or www.daviswaldorf.org/sports.
These days, it seems everyone has a youth sports horror story — whether it’s about a tyrant coach obsessed with his team record who plays only the best kids on the team, or a parent who publicly berates his kid for not making a goal. But should life be all about winning? What about having fun, learning a sport and developing athletic skills?
Join the author of “Simplicity Parenting” and “Beyond Winning: Smart Parenting in a Toxic Sports Environment” for this discussion of an alternative approach to teaching sports to kids. De-emphasizing short-term goals like winning and youth championships, Payne encourages an age-appropriate four-stage timeline, based on a child’s physical, psychological and neurological development.
Payne has been a family and school counselor, adult educator, consultant, researcher for 27 years. He regularly speaks at international conferences for educators, parents and therapists and runs workshops and trainings around the world.
He is the co-director of the Simplicity Project, a multi-media social network that explores what connects and disconnects us to ourselves and to the world, and is the founding director of The Center for Social Sustainability.
Payne lives in Northampton, Mass., with his wife and two children.