Children quit organized sports at an alarming rate. Research shows that approximately 70-75% of children will quit playing a sport by the age of 14. One of the main reasons is because of the negative experience they have and the pressure placed on them by their parents during competition.
Most children all want to compete, but they have their own interpretation of competitiveness and unfortunately a lot of parents don’t take the time to understand how to develop and make sports a rewarding experience for their kids.
The following are signs parents should observe that will help them to know if they are putting excessive pressure on their kids during sports.
If parents are too involved and overbearing they’re not only hurting their child, they can ruin the coach’s experience and the team’s success. Pushy parents can divide a team and turn your sport into a dropout statistic.
To help avoid this and reduce the staggering dropout rate in children athletes all parents and coaches should take the time to remember a few things:
There are plenty of online sports websites that help parents and coaches become positive role models for their kids. A few recommended sites are: