An interesting study of 300 youth athletes between 8 and 14 found some interesting things:
- When asked their #1 reason for playing sports, 56% say to have fun.
- 84% wish they had more fun when playing sports
- 84% say at one time they quit a team or wanted to quit. Why? 47% say because “it wasn’t any fun.” 29% say some teammates were mean. 23% say there were too many practices that interfered with other activities.
- 31% wished adults weren’t watching their games – they say mostly because adults yell too much, are too distracting, make players nervous and put pressure on them to play better and win.
- When asked how they feel if their team loses, 63% say they still have fun.
- 1 in 5 children witnessed a physical fight between players.
- 59% have seen a verbal fight between players
- 36% have seen a verbal fight between parents
- 61% say they or their team mates have been called “not so nice” names while playing.
- When asked who called them names, 69% say it was someone on the other team. 35% say it was a teammate. 12% say it was someone else’s parent.
I am still looking for a link to the actual survey. But here is a link to a story about it.