What is PLAY?

PLAY stands for Physical Literacy Assessment for Youth. It's a series of physical literacy assessment tools that were developed by Sport for Life Society to determine the level of an individual's physical literacy.

PLAY comprises a suite of tools:

This image depicts a young student in a blue and red jersey running in the gym with friendsPLAYfun is used by a trained professional* to assess a child in 18 fundamental skills/tasks, such as running, throwing, kicking and balance.

PLAYbasic is a simplified version of PLAYfun that can be administered quickly by a trained professional in movement analysis to provide a snapshot of a child’s level of physical literacy.

PLAYself is used by children and youth to assess their own physical literacy.

PLAYparent is used by parents of school-aged children to assess their child’s level of physical literacy.

PLAYcoach is used by coaches, physiotherapists, athletic therapists, exercise professionals and recreation professionals to record their perceptions of a child’s level of physical literacy

PLAYinventory is a form used to record and track a child’s leisure-time activities throughout the year

PLAYself, PLAYparent and PLAYcoach are not skill assessments; they are forms used to supplement the skill assessments, PLAYbasic and PLAYfun.

*Trained professionals: coaches, physiotherapists, athletic therapists, exercise professionals, and individuals trained in movement analysis.

The PLAY tools were created by Dr. Dean Kriellaars, of the University of Manitoba, for Sport for Life Society.

For more information, visit the PLAY Tools Frequently Asked Questions.