The i9 Sports Parental Pledge is an important part of the sports experience for our kids and their families.
Team sports are one of the best ways to help children develop physically and emotionally. Youth sports help kids develop life skills, promote a healthy lifestyle, and increase self-esteem. Unfortunately, as many as 50% of youth will quit organized sports by age 12 because of too much pressure and competition.
A survey* among youth athletes revealed that 84% say at one time they quit a team or wanted to quit. When asked why:
Also, 31% wished adults weren’t watching their games – they said mostly because adults yell too much, are too distracting, make players nervous and put pressure on them to play better and win.
That’s why we ask you, as a someone with a strong influence on our young players’ experience, to take the i9 Sports Parental Pledge and help us make sure that everyone has a fun, enjoyable i9 Sports® Experience!
* Source: 2012 i9 Sports Association, national survey of children, ages 8-14, who play team sports.