i9 Sports, the fastest growing youth sports league in the country, released a study recently giving out some major insights as to what kids think about youth sports, why they quit, and what they see on the fields.
What i9 Sports preaches on the field was proven in the study: Having fun is the most important thing to kids when they play youth sports, and when they quit, the main reason is that they weren’t having fun.
Across the state and country, many coaches and parents are under the assumption that the most important thing to children as they play youth sports is winning. However, out of 300 children across the country surveyed, almost half said they quit because they weren’t having fun.
Also, when asked what the most important thing is in a youth sports program, less than 10 percent said that winning was the most important thing. It goes to show you that all kids want t do is play the sport, learn the sport, and have fun while playing.
Setting a good environment is the most important thing in a youth sports program. Do parents yell at the kids or the ref? Do the kids trash talk with each other? Do coaches scream at officials and their team? If so, you have a recipe for disaster! Children notice these things, and are very likely to quit (almost 90 percent surveyed said they either quit or wanted to quit a team).
You’ve seen the YouTube clips of coaches fighting each others, kids, the refs, other parent, etc. To some extent, this happens every day at youth sports leagues!
At i9 Sports, we make sure parents (who sign a parental pledge outlining what we expect from them) coaches and referees all know what we expect out of them. By laying out the “ground rules” with everyone, it gives the kids a different type of youth sport program.
Kids play sports to have fun. It’s that simple. If they don’t have fun, they will quit.
Matt Elder owns and operates i9 Sports, a youth sports league in Marlborough and Framingham. Their flag football and cheerleading program is taking registrations for its spring season, and plays every Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon, where they have a practice and a game all in the same day. It's a great, safe alternative to tackle football. Visit www.i9sports.com today for more details