By the age of 13, over 70% of athletes stop participating in a given sport. When asked what the reason is, the most common response is that they just aren’t fun anymore. If we want to reduce the dropout rate and keep kids participating in sport for a lifetime, they need autonomy, intrinsic motivation and of course, joy! In order to bring joy back into youth sports, I will share six things that all grownups should stop doing if we want the kids we work with to have a positive sport experience.
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