Is Winning Everything KIN 125 Youth Sports Agents • Adults – Parents – Coaches Parents living vicariously through their kids Achievement Motivation • To excel in an activity for personal or intrinsic goals • Fear of failure: to avoid negative feedback such as punishment or ridicule. To please others such as parents. Winning • According to Arthur Ashe, winning is rewarded. • Utilization of extrinsic rewards. • Outcome as a significant factor Pee Wee football team • 55 ten to eleven year old youth • 30 remained have way through the season • 10 cut • 15 quit Little League Program • Meeting the motivation of youth: to have fun and learn the skills to play baseball • Low key games • Learning as a significant factor. • Developmentally appropriate learning: – Examples: What do youth want from their sport experience? • According to Michigan State University Institute for Youth Sports: – Have Fun – To Learn skills and Find Something I am Good At – To Stay In Shape – To Be Part of a Team and make friends Reasons for Drop Out • Youth cite the following: – Was not fun – Did not learn skills – Coach played favoritisms to skilled members – Video:95% of kids surveyed want to have fun and 75% said they would rather play on a losing team than sit on the bench of a winning team.
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