Al Petitpas

Even Field sports psychology and PYD consultant Dr. Albert J. Petitpas leading an interactive training session with staff members of the Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket (RI)

Dr. Albert J. Petitpas

Sports Psychology and PYD Consultant

Dr. Albert J. Petitpas, retired director of the Center for Youth Development and Research at Springfield College, is a sports psychology and Positive Youth Development (PYD) consultant for Even Field. He is guiding the development of our coach/mentor training and parent engagement model, and our program initiative with community organizations to enhance positive youth development through sports and physical activities.  

Professor Petitpas is regarded as one of the nation’s leading authorities on sport-based PYD programs. He developed the framework and philosophical foundation for The First Tee ® (golf), Project Rebound (basketball), and Play It Smart (football) programs. He served as Director of the National Football Foundation Center for Youth Development Through Sport and has provided consulting services to the NCAA, NBA, NFL, USOC, U.S. Ski Team, and LPGA.