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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