Is Quitting Ever Okay in Kids’ Sports



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A Doctor’s View on Attrition Rates in Sports and Why Kids Quit

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Why Do Kids Quit Sports?

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falling out of love with my sport

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Why Are Kids quitting Sports?

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If your child plays sports, sooner or later you’ll deal with a declaration of “I’m quitting!” But before you say no—fearing your child will be branded a quitter for life—hear him out, and try to understand his motives. Better yet, develop an anti-quitting plan even before your child signs up for a new sport. Let kids play with their friends, not with a recruited roster of junior all-stars Take whatever time is necessary to explain and work with kids on new skills Don’t push kids to the point of. Experts say the key to determining if quitting is a good or bad idea is communication. The problem is that kids, especially teenagers, aren’t always forthcoming about their feelings.

In. Boy was he right. I think I knew it at the time, but I laced my fingers behind my head and said, “It’s all good.” I stuffed the memory of baseball in the bottom of my closet and covered it with a pile of dirty socks and wool blankets.

There it sat. I hid other regrets there as well, but quitting baseball was the biggest lump in the closet. According to a poll from the National Alliance for Youth Sports, around 70 percent of kids in the United States stop playing organized sports by the age of 13 because “it’s just not fun anymore.” I.

A total of 75% of all kids quit youth sports by the age of 12. With all the travel to and from practices and games, and the hundreds of weekends spent on a playing field, court, or ice rink, I bet you wish you were one of those 75% of parents with a kid that wants to quit. In Burn Out, Motivation/Goals, Problems in Youth Sports Ever notice how quitting is vilified as the worst thing you can possibly do, as the mark of failure and shame, a sign of weakness, and as the last possible option in nearly ANY situation, but especially in sports?

Strean thinks children often quit because sports have become too organized and competitive. “As soon as you put uniforms on kids, it is no longer about fun and having a. Kids typically “burn out” in a certain sport for one or two reasons: 1) Kids specialize in the sport year round and/or 2) Parents and coaches have impossibly high expectations for the kids that they feel like they can never live up to. 7) They “don’t like the coach”. Most kids quit organized sports by age 13 and it might not be the worst thing As I write this, I have the weather channel on in the background.

I am monitoring the rain, torn between hoping it arrives before 11 am and wanting it to hold off long enough for my five-year-old to have his last little league game of the year.

List of related literature:

• How would the family feel if the child quit or played a different sport?

“Athletic and Sport Issues in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation E-Book” by David J. Magee, James E. Zachazewski, William S. Quillen, Robert C. Manske
from Athletic and Sport Issues in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation E-Book
by David J. Magee, James E. Zachazewski, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2010

Other young athletes may not enjoy sport, but continue to play to please a pushy parent or coach.

“Coaching Children in Sport” by Ian Stafford
from Coaching Children in Sport
by Ian Stafford
Taylor & Francis, 2011

When sports stop being fun, kids tend to drop out.

“Sports Ethics for Sports Management Professionals” by Patrick Thornton, Walter T. Champion, Jr., Lawrence Ruddell, Larry Ruddell
from Sports Ethics for Sports Management Professionals
by Patrick Thornton, Walter T. Champion, Jr., et. al.
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2011

“I want my son to learn how to be a team player,” said a father whose ten-year-old son plays at least one after-school sport a season—sports that he will not be playing when he is thirty years old—in addition to at least two other after-school activities at any given point in time.

“Parenting by the Book: Biblical Wisdom for Raising Your Child” by John Rosemond
from Parenting by the Book: Biblical Wisdom for Raising Your Child
by John Rosemond
Howard Books, 2007

However, if the sporting experience is poorly structured, with coaches or parents who are more interested in winning than in children having fun or learning, then children can develop negative self-esteem and lose self-confidence.

“The Biophysical Foundations of Human Movement” by Bruce Abernethy, Stephanie J. Hanrahan, Vaughan Kippers, Laurel T. Mackinnon, Marcus G. Pandy
from The Biophysical Foundations of Human Movement
by Bruce Abernethy, Stephanie J. Hanrahan, et. al.
Human Kinetics, 2005

Some studies in England, for example, report that up to 70 per cent of all who participate in youth sports choose to quit.

“Developing Youth Football Players” by Horst Wein
from Developing Youth Football Players
by Horst Wein
Human Kinetics, 2007

If not, they will eventually find more satisfying sports or activities or drop out altogether.

“The Coaching Process: A Practical Guide to Becoming an Effective Sports Coach” by Lynn Kidman, Stephanie J. Hanrahan
from The Coaching Process: A Practical Guide to Becoming an Effective Sports Coach
by Lynn Kidman, Stephanie J. Hanrahan
Taylor & Francis, 2010

It has been estimated that approximately 70% of children participating in any one sport will stop playing in their early teenage years.

“Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine” by Lyle J. Micheli, M.D.
from Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine
by Lyle J. Micheli, M.D.
SAGE Publications, 2010

This is the age that kids are most likely to quit teams because sports are too competitive or are no longer considered enjoyable.

“The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries” by Michele Borba
from The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries
by Michele Borba
Wiley, 2009

Like many adolescent girls, Jasmine had enjoyed sports (volleyball, in her case) at eleven years old, but by fourteen felt “I wasn’t ever going to be good enough, good like some of the other girls, so yeah, I quit.

“The Wonder of Girls: Understanding the Hidden Nature of Our Daughters” by Michael Gurian
from The Wonder of Girls: Understanding the Hidden Nature of Our Daughters
by Michael Gurian
Atria Books, 2002

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  • Thank you ESPN for virtue signaling yet again.
    Apparently parents telling their kids to “keep their head up” is no considered bad.

  • I feel u bro I was wrestling my first year in a new private school and I got put in all AP/Honors classes, I would wake up go to school, get out of school,practice till 5:30, go home and do hw till 7, math tutoring till 9, more hw till 10, sleep. repeat…. I got so depressed and stressed I though some bad things and almost made some bad decisions but with finals week coming up it was too much, luckily I talked to some people and I ended quitting but I feel u bro… I like wrestling but there is no way I can rejoin the team, I agree with u, I like wrestling but it’s too stressful and I have depression, ADHD, and anxiety. it was all too much

  • same with softball ive been playing since i was 6 im 14 years old now my moms the team mom and she would be pretty bummed out about me quitting since i was the best pitcher on my team and she has spent alot of money on my lessons and practices and my travel ball dues shes so stressed though and i feel bad so i feel like quitting would probably relieve that stress. I have also done dance since i was about 6 as well and i love it i still do it and i want that to become my main and only focus. I want to be a professional dancer and a successful model or actress in the future but maybe one day if i keep praying that one day i will just be living my dream. ��

  • Omfg����‍♀️ That’s so true. When my coach teaches us a new move, we start drilling, and another coach tells us not to do it like that. So I’m hearing like 5 different ways to do one move����‍♀️ and it gets so confusing, like what am I supposed to do??

  • Thank you for making this video. I am going through a similar thing with singing. This really helped me understand some of the things I am feeling.

  • ive recently been thinking on quitting the sport, im decently skilled, and im always working hard, but i really hate cutting weight, ive cut 15 pounds this year and currently weigh 120, and it really sucks trying to maintain this weight, somedays ive been in pain because i cant eat inorder to get down to weight, the sport is still fun but im either just going up a weight and wrestling JV (Our 126 is a beast), or quit.