Dover, Del. (April 11, 2011) - The Delaware Sports Commission (DSC) is offering a youth sports player development seminar geared towards youth sports administrators on Wednesday, April 20, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the AmericInn® located at 699 N. Dupont Boulevard in Milford, Delaware.  The seminar is free of charge and is entitled, "Current Trends in Player Development:  Moving the Youth Athlete to the Next Level." 

"Coaching youth sports and positioning young athletes for future success can be a very rewarding experience," says Matthew Sparks, Executive Director of the Delaware Sports Commission.  "Keeping up with the latest trends, challenges and best practices can go a long way to properly prepare athletes to compete at all levels of competition." 

Youth sports administrators will learn best practices vital for player development and how best to prepare young athletes for the increasingly competitive world of athletics.  Considered one of the most highly qualified sport club management experts in the country,  Dr. Matthew Robinson is the keynote speaker and will convey recent trends in player development, the state of athlete development and the role of the coach in each stage, and an introduction of guided play and deliberate practice in athletic development.

Dr. Matthew Robinson is the Co-Director of the International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program (ICECP).   Dr. Robinson is also a Professor at the University of Delaware and serves as the Director of Management Education of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).  Dr. Robinson is actively involved with many international sports initiatives including working with the U.S. Olympic Committee and is the renowned author of a successful sports management book entitled, "Profiles of Sport Industry Professionals:  The People Who make the Games Happen and Sport Club Management," and over 25 articles.  Additionally, Dr. Robinson has imparted over 100 worldwide scholarly and professional presentations.

To register for this free-of-charge seminar, youth sports administrators should contact Matthew Sparks at

The Delaware Sports Commission, a not-for-profit organization, was established to attract large and small sporting events to Delaware to benefit the sports industry and community and to positively impact Delaware's economy.  The Delaware Sports Commission also assists with the retention and growth of existing sports events.  To date, the DSC has partnered with close to a dozen regional and national events, paving the way for larger scale future events to be held in Delaware.

The Delaware Sports Commission, 99 Kings Highway in Dover, Del., promotes and recruits single-day and multi-day regional and national events. For more information, visit the official Delaware Sports Commission website at or call (302) 672-6832.