HOUSTON - The phrase, “Hut! Hut! Hike!” could soon sound like a foreign language because according to a recent study, 70% of kids quit playing sports by the age of 13.
“Some coaches can end up making kids hate the game by overly yelling at their kids or putting too much pressure on an 8-year-old or a 10-year-old. But that’s how the game is now-a-days. Everybody wants to win.” Says Coach James Reddish, the varsity coach for the Kid Cougars football team.
Other things that add to the problem are crazy parents, economic challenges, forcing children to specialize at a young age, and just generally losing interest might all be a part of the problem.
It’s widely known that about one in three kids are now overweight or obese and, according to a study from common sense media, the average kid spends around nine hours a day in front of glowing screens.
So maybe now, youth sports are more important than ever.
“Participating in sports is going to keep you healthy, it’s going to keep you on top of your grades, and it’s going to teach you hard work.” Remarked Coach Reddish.
So is there any way to get our kids back on the field and playing again? Coach Reddish has an idea, and have fun while playing… Even though football is a gladiator sport and it’s hard work
“Parents need to be more involved, not putting too much pressure on them to win. (Then the kids will) go out there, learn the techniques, and have fun while playing… Even though football is a gladiator sport and its hard work, you’re still out there having fun.”
No telling what the future of youth athletics will bring, but one thing’s for sure, those crazy sports parents need to take a seat on the bench.