Why do young players walk away?
Too many young New Zealanders are being driven away from sport. It’s important we understand the reasons young people are walking away to help keep them in the game.
Is it too many practices a week?
Overtraining and overplaying can lead to boredom, burnout and injury. That’s when they quit.Find out more at Balance is Better
Is it specialising in one sport too soon?
Specialising in one sport too soon can hinder rather than help the overall development of young people. They get frustrated and they give the game away.Find out more at Balance is Better
Is it being expected to play like professionals?
Pushing young players too hard can push them out of sport altogether. Keep the fun in the game to keep them in the game.Find out more at Balance is Better
Is it believing you have to be in the top team?
Young people get more out of sport when they play at a level that’s right for them. Encourage young people to participate, develop skills and just have fun with their mates at their own level so they don’t drop out.Find out more at Balance is Better
Is it because we’re writing them off too early?
Young people develop at different ages and stages and want different things from sport. Give them time to shine so they don’t walk away too soon.Find out more at Balance is Better
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