Why play youth sports?
Your child should play youth sports for a lot of good reasons: exercise, friendships, life-lessons. But the most important, the ONE reason he should be playing is for the love of the game.
When your child is little, he may not really understand that he loves the game. He may just be having fun, running around with his friends, wearing the cool uniform, and enjoying the after-game snacks.
But as he gets older, into middle school and high school, he will either enjoy the sports that take up so much of his time, or he will be playing them for other reasons.
….To get exercise? This is a good motivation, I suppose, but there are lots of ways to get exercise that don’t demand so much sacrifice.
….To earn a college scholarship? This is a worthy dream for a young athlete, as long as it is truly his desire to play, not just the goal of his parents.
I’ve seen way too many young athletes pushed and prodded by their parents to play in hopes of a college scholarship, or even just to fulfill some parental dream.
The ONLY reason your child should be playing youth sports is because he loves the game; these other goals are great secondary goals, but they should not be the main one.
Why Play Youth Sports?
Perhaps you’ve never asked your child that question. It’s time you did. If he is not playing because he loves the game, then it’s time to let him make the choice to play or not.
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