At the moment, 7 out of 10 kids quit participating in athletics by the age of 13. There are not too many industries that would survive with a 70% fail rate but the youth sport model in America is in no real threat of collapse. On any given week, you can find a tournament to compete in, a team to try out for, or receive specialized instruction at a camp or clinic. Gone are the days of riding bikes with friends, shooting hoops in the park, or playing street hockey with kids in the neighborhood. Rather, it seems these youngsters are in a never ending loop of structured activities which prevents kids from being just that: KIDS!
In the moment, I do not foresee much changing nationally in regards to the youth sport model but it doesn't mean we shouldn't try to make the experience better for the kids in our lives. When you ask kids why they stop playing sports, the number one reason given is that they just aren't fun anymore. Below I have outlined six areas that frustrate kids when they are playing and things we can avoid as parents/coaches/teachers to ensure that we are not the cause of their dissatisfaction!