Youth sports are presumed to be about the mental, physical, emotional, and social development of kids; however much of today’s youth sports culture is no longer about the kids. It’s been hi-jacked by adults. My experiences with youth sports—as a parent, a coach, and as a consultant to parents and coaches—tell me that the majority of parents involved with youth sports mean well. Many have simply been misguided.
According to a poll taken by The National Alliance for Youth Sports, 70% of kids quit sports by the age of 13. The No. 1 reason? It isn’t fun anymore.