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The majority of parents today in the U.S.
a) discourage their children from playing organized competitive sports.
b) encourage both their daughters and sons to play organized sports.
c) encourage their sons but not their daughters to play organized sports.
d) demand that their tax money be used to fund organized youth sports.

In organized youth sport programs that emphasize the performance ethic there often is a greater emphasis on
a) making sure that children have fun in the programs.
b) putting children in many different programs rather than just one or two.
c) sport specialization among children.
d) pressuring children to quit sports once they have become skilled.

A sign that some children reject structured, adult-controlled sport programs is the
a) increased interest in alternative sports.
b) the growth and popularity of after school programs.
c) the recent increase in violent crime among young people.
d) the high turnover among coaches in those programs.

The author notes that the informal games of children in low-income areas may differ from the informal games of children in high-income areas because
a) low-income children are more physically skilled than high-income children.
b) the availability of play spaces and equipment vary in their neighborhoods.
c) the size and strength of the best players vary by social class.
d) the intellectual abilities of children vary by social class.

According to the author's study, the primary emphasis in formal, adult-controlled sports is usually on
a) action and involvement.
b) freedom and expression.
c) rules and positions.
d) letting players solve their own arguments.

Eight-year-old children on organized soccer teams play "beehive soccer" because
a) their coaches teach it as a strategy for intimidating other teams.
b) they feel insecure when they are not close to their teammates.
c) they don’t have the cognitive abilities to understand team structure.
d) parents tell them that they have to be close to the ball in order to score.

A specific recommendations for change made in the chapter is to
a) use external rewards to motivate children to practice sport skills.
b) increase action and scoring opportunities in youth sports.
c) teach children to play one aspect of one sport very well.
d) add more referees and umpires to control action in games.

When the author discusses changes needed in high performance sport programs for children, he suggests that we consider the idea that
a) new child labor laws ought to be applied to elite youth sports.
b) television and media coverage ought to be banned from all youth sports.
c) parents should be banned from attending elite youth sport competitions.
d) revenues generated by elite child athletes be donated to charities.

Research shows that when high school athletes as a group are compared to other high school students, they tend to have
a) lower grades but more interest in continuing their education.
b) higher grades and more positive attitudes toward school.
c) lower grades and more positive attitudes toward school.
d) higher grades but less interest in continuing their education.

When considering the question, "When are children ready to play organized competitive sports?" the author suggests that
a) children are born with a need to compete, so they can start in infancy.
b) playing these sports after age 4 is okay if a child has the physical skills.
c) any child in school is ready to play organized competitive sports.
d) for children under 12 sports must match their needs and abilities.

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