NEW YORK, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- An overwhelming majority of parents
believe their kids' sports programs focus too much on winning, with nearly
half of those responding to a new national NFL/PTA survey saying organized
youth sports need to be completely revamped.
Results from the survey of more than 400 parents conducted at the National
PTA Convention this summer include:
* An alarming 84 percent of parents believe that youth athletic programs
place too much emphasis on winning;
* Nearly two thirds (64 percent) of parents say their child has expressed
dissatisfaction with his or her sports experience;
* A total of 44 percent said their child has dropped out of an activity
because it made them unhappy.
"It's time to scrap the scoreboard and give the game back to the kids,"
said Scott Lancaster, senior director of youth football development at the
NFL. "Parents are now confirming what kids have known for years: Sports
should be about learning new skills, developing teamwork and self esteem and
A total of 92 percent of parents responding to the survey called sports
programs important or very important to the overall development of their
children. But the quality of today's youth sports programs is clearly a major
concern. More than half (56 percent) said the biggest negative plaguing youth
sports is the fact that they are too competitive. Asked if they could change
one thing about their child's sports experience, half of all parents said they
would like their child's coach to be less focused on winning.
NFL Youth Programs and National PTA have teamed up to tackle some of the
problems facing youth sports. The solution, both groups believe, lies with
increased parental involvement and a new approach to youth sports developed by
the NFL. It eliminates the emphasis on winning, and focuses instead on
individual skill development, teamwork, sportsmanship, and fun.
More than five million kids -- including two million girls -- take part in
the NFL's Youth Football programs: Punt, Pass & Kick, NFL Flag, Junior Player
Development and High School Player Development. For more information on NFL
Youth Football programs, www.nflyouthfootball.com.
SOURCE National Football League