Girls and Sport

How Parents Can Encourage Girls To Play Sport

Photograph your child being active
Enlarge the photo
Frame it
Be proud of it!

Actively support your daughterís involvement in physical activity
Buy her good equipment - not her brotherís hand-me-downs
Go and watch her games
Consider volunteering
Drive her to and from practices
Make sure your daughter has time in her life to be active - donít make your daughter sacrifice her involvement in sport so she can baby-sit or do housework

Take your daughter to the park and be active with her
Help her to learn the fundamental skills of running, throwing, catching,and kicking

Be an active role model yourself
Momís participation in sport increased participation rates of her child by 22%
Dadís participation in sport increased participation rates of his child by 11%

Emphasize fun and fitness rather than competition and slimming attributes
Encourage your daughter to try a variety of new activities, and help her acquire the skills and equipment she needs to participate.
Avoid comments about your daughterís body size and shape.
Love and support her just the way she is.
Donít undermine her confidence and take the joy out of playing by telling her "she throws like a girl". Help her to learn the skills she needs to enjoy sport.

Introduce your daughter to active women
All too often women in sport are viewed as cheerleaders, water girls or chauffeurs. Your daughter needs to be exposed to women who are athletes, coaches, officials and leaders in sport.
Buy sports books about women athletes

Watch womenís sport events on TV with your daughter
Take your daughter to womenís sport competitions in your community
Read the sports pages with her and follow the performances of Canadaís great athletes such as Silken Laumann, Kate Pace, Angela Chalmers, Myriam Bedard, Ljiljana Ljubisic, and Alison Sydor.

Plan Active Vacations or Weekend Excursions
Try hiking, cross-country skiing, rafting

Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity
N202 - 801 King Edward Avenue
Ottawa, ON, Canada
K1N 6N5
Phone: 613-562-5667
Fax: 613-562-5668



Girls and Sport

Courtesy of CAAWS