Have you ever stopped and really watched kids play sports?

If you have, you would have seen some hilarious action, especially in the sport of baseball. It’s called T-ball, for the most part, and it is where the kids are so unprepared to play baseball that someone years ago decided it might be best to let the kids hit the ball off a tee.

This was, of course, after the parents got tired of sitting there for hours, while waiting to see one of the kids actually hit a ball that was thrown to them.

My favorite story is the one where one of the kids was on second base and the little kid up to bat hit the ball past the third base player. All of a sudden, the parents in the stands began to yell at the kid on second base to “Run home! Run home!”

At that, the little kid began to run toward third base but when he got there, he kept going out the gate. The parents were now screaming and yelling at him “Where are you going? Stop!”

The kid stops in his tracks and yells back, “I’m going to my house. Just like you told me to do.”

 I don’t for the life of me understand why we parents are so anxious to get our kids playing a game that is played almost the same way it is in the major leagues. Now, of course, the volunteer administrators of kids baseball have done things to try to correct the craziness of the situation by shortening the bases and, as mentioned, letting the kids hit off a tee. However, it still doesn’t answer the fallacy that kids as young as 6 years old will feel successful as they play the game of baseball.

A few years ago, the National Alliance for Youth Sports decided to do a study at Northern Kentucky University that tested kids 6-8 years old on their ability to feel successful playing baseball. We tested them on three standard skills: catching, throwing and hitting. The results? 49 percent of the kids tested did not meet the minimum standards established to feel successful.

And if a child doesn’t enjoy at least some measure of success in a sport, they are more likely to be discouraged and quit. And perhaps never return.

My first book, aptly named Why Johnny Hates Sports, examined the cause behind the ever-growing dropout rate of children in youth sports.

It’s alarming that 70 percent of children will quit sports by the time they’re 13 years old — and the reason they point to most often is that it’s not fun. One of the reasons it isn’t fun is because of the way children are introduced to the world of organized sports. It’s better to delay a child’s entrance into organized youth sports until they develop the physical and emotional skills that are needed than rush them into it and ensure a miserable time.

By Fred Engh
(Founder and president of the National and International Alliance for Youth Sports (nays.org); Author of ‘Unsinkable Spirit’)

Source : http://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/half-of-kids-68-years-old_b_7938590