Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Organized and Sanctioned Play
Play is, in most places in the world, considered every child's right. Play serves many useful purposes in child development, including impacting cognitive, emotional, and social development. This view of play was not always the case, however. As recently as the mid-1800s, play was seen as meaningless and a waste of time. It was also thought to be ungodly and immoral, as religion was the main focus for many individuals. Many societal issues of the time, including political, social, and economic issues, played a role in the changing perspectives of play, particularly organized play. Throughout the last 125 years, organized and sanctioned play has seen tremendous growth, and it is now commonplace in American society. Many of our nation's youth have a plethora of options to choose from when it comes to spending time away from school in organized activities. This growth has been influenced by many factors, and several ...