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Connect with Kids : Weekly News Stories : “Teens Drop Sports” January 18, 2010

Filed under: Adolescence,Parenting — billmacphee @ 8:36 pm
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According to the National Alliance for Youth Sports, 73 percent of kids drop organized sports by age 13. Why?

“The pressure really becomes too much, and after a while they really become disillusioned with the entire sports scene, and get tired of it and finally say, ‘That’s it for me.'” Dr. Richard Winer, a psychiatrist in metro-Atlanta.

The girls now try out for the school plays. Their advice to parents about sports: “It’s not like life or death situations. It’s just a game,” says Katie.

According to experts at the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), children’s main motives to participate in sports and compete are:

  • To have fun;
  • To improve skills;
  • To be with friends; and
  • To improve health and fitness.

In addition, experts at the AVCA say some of the major reasons for sports dropouts are:

  • Overemphasis on winning;
  • Not having fun;
  • Stress of competition; and
  • Disliking the coach.

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