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Institute for the Study of Youth Sports


ISYS is a research institute. We focus on studying the benefits and detriments of youth sport on its participants with the goal of providing scientific best practice information. We also evaluate sport organizations for the effectiveness in developing youth as athletes and people.

Upcoming Conference: DEI Conversations in Sport

September 29, 2023
Upcoming Conference: DEI Conversations in Sport

The Institute for the Study of Youth Sports will be hosting its first DEI conference on October 30, 2023. The DEI Conversations in Sport conference seeks to identify topics, provide a space for solution-focused discussion, develop strategies to combat the -isms and -phobias, and equip coaches and administrators with the tools to improve their youth… Read More »

Spotlight: Alysha Matthews

June 14, 2023
Spotlight: Alysha Matthews

Alysha is a cisgender woman who grew up playing and watching many sports, where she did not always feel welcome. She has shifted that passion for play into a determination for accessible sport experiences, which informs her research. She is a doctoral candidate and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Kinesiology at MSU. What… Read More »

Spotlight: Kylee Ault-Baker

December 5, 2022
Spotlight: Kylee Ault-Baker

Kylee is a 4th year doctoral candidate working with Dr. Gould. She earned her undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University in Sport Industry and her master’s from the University of Tennessee in Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior. During her time at MSU, she has worked as a graduate assistant at the Michigan High School Athletic… Read More »

ISYS 40th Anniversary Conference Photos

December 19, 2018
ISYS 40th Anniversary Conference Photos

At the end of November, we hosted a conference in honor of our 40th Anniversary. Top researchers in the field presented their work to an engaged audience. Check out some of the photos from the event and use the link below to view all the photos. Link to Google Drive Folder with ISYS 40th Anniversary… Read More »

Dr. Vern Seefeldt Intervew – ISYS 40th Anniversary Conference

December 18, 2018

At the 40th Anniversary Conference, Dr. Vern Seefeldt, founder of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sport, was interviewed by current director Dr. Dan Gould. Check out the interview below. Part 1 – Dr. Vern Seefeldt Interview Part 2 – Dr. Vern Seefeldt Interview

Reducing Youth Gang Involvement through Sport

March 27, 2013

Wingate University Lecture on the ISYS and Detroit PAL Partnership Wingate University invited Dr. Larry Lauer and Detroit Police Officer and Detroit Police Athletic League Youth Development Officer Marcus Norwood to discuss their two organization’s efforts to use youth sport to better the lives of young people. Dr. Lauer and Officer Norwood discuss the mentoring… Read More »

Michigan State University leading the way in coaching science research

October 12, 2012

MSU is a “particularly active setting for producing coaching science publications,” according to a recent publication in the Journal of Coaching Education. A citation network analysis revealed Dr. Dan Gould (director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports) as the number one researcher of influence. The study also revealed that Dr. Deborah Feltz… Read More »

ISYS Outreach takes Research to the Fields and Courts

August 29, 2012

The Institute for the Study of Youth Sports conducts research that has practical application. Three of the most important lines of research the last eight years since the Dr. Dan Gould became the director are: 1. How Coaches Teach and/or Instill Life Skills in Athletes 2. The Development of Leadership in High School Athletes 3.… Read More »