Modified Sports

Modified Sports     
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport, Australian Sports Commission
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Last updated  Last updated: 24 January 2017
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Physical Literacy and Sport
Australian Sports Commission


Modified sports programs for children are designed to provide an introduction to the sports they represent. They allow novice participants, particularly young children, to experience a sporting environment that is interesting and fun.

Modified sports also provide an opportunity to develop general movement skills and basic techniques. Modified equipment, facilities, and rules are commonly used because of the developmental stage (age, physical size, motor skill proficiency) of participants.

Traditional forms of a sport are also 'modified'; sometimes creating a new sport, sometimes creating a variation of the original; to cater to the needs of adult participants. Many adults are 'time poor', so modifications allow participants to enjoy their sporting experience without making a substantial time commitment. Modified sports may also reduce the cost of equipment and venue access and offer more flexibility in scheduling.  

Key Messages 


Modified sports for children are intended to provide an attractive 'entry level' activity to more traditional forms of a sport.


Modified sports for adults are often designed to reduce time, cost, and accessibility limitations of more traditional forms of a sport.


Modified sports may take into account the developmental (e.g. physical, cognitive, and social) level of participants, or their perceived interests (social, competitive or non-competitive, fitness only, etc.).


Modified sports may be designed to enhance spectator appeal.

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