Youth Games: The Importance Of Youth Sports

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Millions of children play organized sports every year. Although these kids have winning in the back of their mind, they all want to have fun doing it. That is the problem with youth sports today; they focus too much and winning and success, which makes them too intense. The intensity of the sports leaves kids physically and mentally worn out. The main reason behind this intensity is the driving force behind winning. The will and want to win is what creates this intensity, but “Winning was just one of 81 determinants that make playing sports enjoyable for children, and it was rated 48th” (Braff). Winning is important, but it should not have the sole and only importance of youth sports. Youth and high school sports programs are too intense because …show more content…
Although winning is important, having fun and learning life lessons should be favored over the importance of winning. The more youth sports focus on winning, the more pressure it puts on kids. Along with winning, comes money. The more parents want their kids to win and succeed, the more money the parent will spend. The more money that is spent, the more pressure that is put on kids. One of the biggest pressure cookers is “Mom and Dad are driving young athletes to tournaments across the country and spending thousands of dollars on fitness trainers, personal coaches and therapists” (Helliker). This is an excessive amount of effort given in to say a ten year old’s basketball career. A ten year old should not have to deal with the pressure of these high intensity tournaments where winning is all that matters. With the both the pressure of winning and the pressure of playing with all the money parents put towards their sport, kids are overpressured. This immeasurable amount of pressure weighs heavy on youth athletes as “Seventy percent of children drop out of sports by age 13” (Braff). The pressure and constant practices and games begin to burn out these young athlete’s resulting in them quitting. If the kids don’t quit, they have at least lost interest in the sport and begin to lose the work ethic they originally had when they …show more content…
Most children have a competitiveness in them to win, so that pressure to win can come from the kids themselves and not from parents and coaches as well. In games, scores and tight and games are close. These game situations allow kids to gain the knowledge of how to perform under pressure without having extra pressure thrown at them by parents and coaches. Kids want to win, but the want to win on their own terms, and not have the pressure of excessive amounts of money winning added to the pressure they already put on

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