Jim Downs, VP of Operations for the Hockomock Area YMCA (MA), joins Even Field Founder and Executive Director Chuck Wilson to discuss the youth sports culture and how the Win At All Costs approach has hurt youth sports. Jim talks about how to improve the youth sports environment, the importance of focusing on skill development, the value of Effort and Attitude, and how a different approach to youth sports coaching and youth sports parenting could help young athletes get the most out of the team sports experience. Downs also says youth coaches need more training on how to teach young athletes.

This conversation took place at the New England Patriots Alumni Club “Football For You” Clinic held in Foxboro (MA) June 26, 2014.

Michael Wilson