Should I let my child quit his sports team?
There are no right or wrong answers about giving up a sport, but here are a few pointers to make the decision easier:
- Talk with your child before signing them up for a sport or activity. Do they want to participate?
- Try to see the term through. Some early practices can be tough, and new coaches and situations can feel uncomfortable because they are different.
Help your child to work through any problems and try to keep the commitment for the term. After the term is over is a good time to assess the situation.
- If your child insists on quitting, find out reasons why. Maybe a discussion with the coach will help to solve conflicts or calm fears.
- Know your child, keep communication open and help them make the best decision with the most information.
Find out about the philosophy of the sports provider before signing your child up for lessons. Some academies only train players who are interested in advancing to a professional level, but the best ones will be open to everyone, and treat all players with respect by giving them the attention they need. Not every member will become a professional player, but all players should be happy, learn, enjoy themselves and make progress. Give your child extra encouragement if you notice their interest waning—you really can’t force children to participate against their will.
Thomas Westmoreland, BA (hons), UEFA Qualified Football coach,
Evolution Sports Manager