Parental Pressure Affect Student Sports

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Ever have parents yelling from the sidelines or through the fence during one of your best games? Many parents want their kids to succeed, but push them too hard and too much. Some parents don’t realize is that they are actually harming their kids not helping, parents think it’s support but kids think it’s pressure. Parental pressure does affect student athletics because some feel like failures others get burnout by the time high school ends and even college. Parental pressure is why many kids don’t play anymore. According to Hyman, “Researchers at Michigan State University have studied the attrition rates among youth athletes: 70 percent drop out by age 13 ” (Hyman). Parents don’t think we do our best, but we really do. Trying your best isn’t the only thing you can do, but “Just because we don’t succeed on the field doesn’t mean we’re not doing our best we can. Remember it’s supposed to be fun” (Wolff and Groehner). Sports are supposed to be fun for everyone, but sometimes they can be taken too far. Sports are to be fun and win every now and then but, that’s not what it’s all about “ Winning was just one of 81 determinants that makes playing sports enjoyable for children, and it was rated 48th, which means that there are 47 more important things that children, coaches, parents and league administrators should be focusing on, …show more content…
Some of my favorite memories came from playing sports. I’ve made many friends from other schools through school sports. It is understandable that parents want to be a huge part of their child’s sport careers, but sometimes they take it too far and get involved too much. By playing sports, kids get to learn to make split second decisions on the fly. For example, the athlete has to chose whether to throw to first base or second, slide or stay standing, run or pass, etc. It is important for parents to allow their children to make mistakes, so they can learn to make better decisions on their

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