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Re-designing Sport for Greater Impact

Sport System re-Design (SSrD) can be defined as: Re-Designing the sport experience to get a desired outcome

SSrD involves looking at the structure of the sport experience and purposefully altering some element of that experience with the goal in mind of getting a specific desired outcome. It is the tinkering with or changing some part of the game or sport system itself to positively impact the outcome.

Where coach education focuses on improving the capacity of the coach to effect change in a player and a curriculum focuses on the power of the thoughtfully organized learning activities and the lessons to effect that change, SSrD focuses on the arrangement of the interrelated elements of the sport system to create change.  It can be used to address issues such as:

  • Access & Inclusion
  • Participation
  • Level of competition
  • Skill development
  • Youth development outcomes

In the same manner in which a scientist would experiment by carefully combining elements to obtain the correct formula, the SSrD practitioner also looks at the landscape of their program/sport and makes a series of experiments to find the right formula to achieve a specific outcome.  This kind of experimentation and re-engineering can involve any one or a number of aspects of the sport system, including:

  • The physical layout of the playing area  and the equipment of the sport
  • The equipment and gear used in the sport
  • The rules of the game
  • The role of the referee, coach or supporters
  • The structure of the game/league