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Qualitive Goals

To facilitate the attainment of the quantitative goals set forth to correct under-representation of girls in youth sports programs, the Department has outlined several actions to undertake. These actions or qualitative goals are designed to aid in increasing the number of girls in Department programs and removing artificial barriers.

  1. Research additional program information on the expansion of girls' programs and comparative information on youth sports participation.
  2. Complete the sports statistics reports form and begin its use at all recreation facilities.
  3. Factor the potential for growth of youth sports into the physical needs assessment reports at all recreation facilities.
  4. Develop performance standards.
  5. Recruit, cultivate and train women, especially mothers and care givers, as coaches, officials, team supporters, fund raisers, or other roles in sports programs.  This element will require both improved marketing and also training for recreation directors, particularly to learn culture and generational sensitivities and how to moderate them.
  6. Review girls sports programs offered at all the centers and add or redistribute programming within each recreation marketing district to ensure a broad availability of opportunities.
  7. Improve coaching quality for girls sports.
  8. Provide an array of clinics and seminars for girls to enhance the abilities of potential team participants.
  9. Recruit women athletes from local schools and colleges to volunteer to work part-time as mentors. coaches and role model for girls.  This effort may be generated by individual recreation directors working with local schools, or it may be a district or Department-wide program with a college or university.  A goal of this effort would be that every recreation center has at least one college or high-school level female athlete working with girls sports programming.  Schools and colleges may be persuaded to provide curriculum credit for this assistance, or perhaps to develop courses that focus on gender equity issues and methods for increasing participation of girls.  Trips for girls to attend high school and college women's sports events would be part of this program.
  10. Promote all physical activity programming for girls, in addition to traditional individual and team sports.  This will have the positive effect of benefiting girls' health, acclimating them to enjoying physical activity, and involving them in the recreation center where interest in team sports may develop.
  11. Coordinate with organizations such as the Amateur Athletic Foundation to increase programming, marketing, training and other opportunities.  These non-profit groups can often be a conduit to corporate support for sponsoring and advertising programs.
  12. Solicit, either directly or with assistance of sports groups, the direct involvement of women sports celebrities to launch programs, visit centers, attend tournaments or banquets, and in other ways present exciting, visible role models.
  13. Evaluate and supplement as necessary the Department's sexual harassment and anti-discrimination policies, and design training programs to deter and prevent any misconduct due to increased female participation in sports and recreation programs.
  14. Collaborate with experts and outside interesting organizations to design effective programs and partnerships to increase participation.