Bryan Gumbel ran a segment on HBO “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” in which he details how Norway successfully run’s it’s youth sports programs. Below is a blurb and a preview from the program. If you have HBO, we strongly suggest catching this segment.
Imagine a society in which 93 percent of children grow up playing organized sports. Where costs are low, the economic barriers to entry few, travel teams aren’t formed until the teenage years — and where adults don’t start sorting the weak from the strong until children have grown into their bodies and interests. Then, the most promising talents become the most competitive athletes in the world, on a per-capita basis.