Childish parents causing kids to quit sports

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by NATASHA RYAN / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on April 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 12 at 3:47 PM

SEATTLE --  More kids aren't having fun playing sports - and parents are to blame.

A new survey done by i9Sports, a not for profit youth sports organization, found 84% of kids at one point did quit or wanted to quit a team. The reason that almost half gave is that it wasn't fun. 

The survey polled 300 kids aged 8-14.  More than a third of all the kids polled said they wish adults weren't at their games because  those adults behave badly. Examples include yelling during games and putting pressure on children to win.

More than half of the kids admit they've been called a bad name on the field, like loser or fat. While the majority say it was someone their age, more than ten percent say it was someone else's parent.

"The pressure to win is there. We often get caught up in the having the next NBA or NFL player but the reality is a small percentage get to that level. It's more about a social experiment, to be able to have fun and teach them good sportsmanship values," said Christopher Villa with i9.

The survey also found 42% of children would rather play sport video games instead of the actual sport because there's less pressure and it's more fun. 

Villa says it's important for parents to be supportive and encourage kids to get outdoors, especially since the U.S. is in a war with childhood obesity .

 

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