Leadership, Scholarship, and Outreach to Transform Youth Sport

The mission of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports is to provide leadership, scholarship and outreach that transforms the face of youth sports in ways that maximize the beneficial physical, psychological, and social effects of participation for children and youth while minimizing detrimental effects.  The institute works by:

  • conducting novel research in critical areas related to youth sport
  • partnering with sport organizations and governing bodies to conduct evaluation, develop training programs, and build organizational capacity
  • conducting outreach and development programs to develop coaches and sport leaders
  • training and preparing graduate students to be the next generation of scholars in areas related to youth sports

In addition, we coordinate the Summer Coaches’ School and provide oversight for a Masters Degree in Sport Coaching and Leadership.

June 19-20, 2017 – Brody Hall Conference Center – MSU

This annual event brings together sport coaches and leaders for two days of instruction on topics from building athlete mental toughness, working with sport parents, designing physical training that optimally challenges athletes, to turning around a struggling program.  Workshops are led by MSU faculty, coaches, and graduate students, all with expertise in working with sport coaches and leaders.  This event provides a great opportunity to meet and network with a range of coaches, administrators, as well as teachers and researchers who study sport science.


If you are a current or aspiring sport coach or sport leader, and you are looking to extend your knowledge and advance your career, then you may consider applying to one of our graduate programs offered through the Department of Kinesiology.  The 30-credit master of science degree is primarily offered through online instruction, but includes two opportunities for on-campus instruction at MSU.  A 9-credit graduate certificate program (offered completely online) is also available.