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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 10:55

5 Top Reasons why Youths Drop out of Sport

Written by  Dick van Londen

We have all seen that young learner at school who displays tremendous talent and as we look on we can only imagine where will his talent take him in the sport. Many of course never fulfil the expectations that are sometimes prophesied about some player who shows promise and that is to be expected. What is sadder perhaps is that some, in fact a growing majority seem to drop out of sport for a variety of reasons.



In an article published recently in the USA about the drop out reasons for sports participation in America it is clear to see that this is a global problem and many will agree that the reasons apply equally to South Africa.

From a 10-year investigation to the sport participation on schools in the USA , showed that 94% of children when growing older, dropped participation in at least one sport .

An overview of the 5 main reasons.

1. Fun

The lack of fun for children is one of the most important reasons to quit a sport. . Fun turned out also to be the main reason to continue with a sport in the next 6 to 12 months

2.Performance pressure.

Pressure is an important quitting reason for young elite athletes, often in combination with (overtraining-) injuries. A key issue for sports academies to find a balance between the pressure to encourage young athletes and how to boost them to a long period to sustain. It turns out also that it makes sense to determine by whom exactly pressure is built up.


A study of youth football players showed that more than 50% of the pressure came from parents, coaches, teammates and even their own.

It turns out that especially fathers do not realize their own behavior in the exercise of pressure. Children who have experienced too much parental pressure create thereby fear of competition


Skill is an important driver but seems to be more important for as soon as they get older. The feeling ' not good enough ' is often specified as reason to stop with a sport. Also here is the parental role crucial. A study to the perseverance, found that where they were supported by parents by a concerned and understanding attitude, they reached a higher level.

5.Matching school-sport time

For growing up kids the factor (study) time is every year a greater issue in their lives. This time almost never corresponds with the amount of time required to continue to perform on a particular sport level .