Thursday, May 13, 2021

Why Are We So Overboard In Youth Soccer?

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Project Play has kicked off a national campaign raising the awareness on why kids are quitting sports and every parent, coach, and person connected with youth sports should know about this effort.

When the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) starts publishing articles on how crazy youth sports has become, maybe we have all gone overboard and we can’t or don’t want to realize it.

The WSJ headline was “Youth Sports Have Gotten Too Crazy. They Should Relax.” Kids are walking away from the action early—the solution may be turning down the volume.

Is the desperate search to be proud in the FIFA Men’s World Cup disproportionately whacked out our sense of the sheer enjoyment of the game? Are the goals of today’s coaches to develop a Christian Pulisic-like player pushing the bounds of common sense? What about the ultra-competitive parents who insist on endless training in the pursuit of a scholarship?

THE AVERAGE KID QUITS YOUTH SPORTS AT AGE 11 — MOST OFTEN BECAUSE THE SPORT JUST ISN’T FUN ANYMORE.

Aspen Institute / Utah State University Families in Sports Lab

Whether a kid plays in the Little League World Series or the U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs, there is incredible pressure on our young athletes to consistently perform at peak levels … an accomplishment professional players struggle with and these adults are paid to do it.

According to the findings of a new national survey of parents of youth athletes conducted by the Aspen Institute with the Utah State University Families in Sports Lab, the average child today spends less than three years playing a sport.

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