Keep it fun
Ask any kid why they love sports and you’ll most likely hear the answer: “It’s fun.” But as your athlete ages into older divisions, leagues may become more competitive, causing added pressure for them to perform at their best. In fact, research shows the number one reason kids quit sports by 14 years old is that they’re not having fun anymore.
So while winning is one factor, remember it’s not the only one. Instead, you can encourage mini goals throughout the season—like good sportsmanship, development of a new skill, putting in a full effort—that can be celebrated along the way, no matter what the scoreboard says.