Project Play

Introducing Project Play Parents Mailbag

As youth sports becomes more commercialized, parents have become more stressed. Some kids are left behind, missing out on the benefits of sports due to money or ability. Other kids are having poor experiences due to the adults (coaches, parents, league organizers), causing them to quit sports altogether. Parents are left to navigate the confusing and frustrating world of sports on their own.

Project Play is here to help. Each month, we will answer parents’ youth sports questions on this page. Got a question? Send it via email (with your first name and state) to, or share the question with us on Twitter at @AspenInstSports.

We may not have every answer to your specific question. But we can share resources and insights on how to increase the chances your child will have a positive sports experience.